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Is Malaysia losing its hold on the glove market?

Is Malaysia losing its hold on the glove market?

Demand for rubber gloves will continue to grow; yet changing market needs may test the resiliency of the world’s largest rubber gloves producer, Malaysia, to remain in the lead, says...

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Asian Rubber: Thriving against rubber volatility

Asian Rubber: Thriving against rubber volatility

Given that rubber is a volatile commodity, the Asian bloc, being the world’s largest rubber supplier is not spared from the travails of high inventories, unpredictable demand, and price swings...

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Recycled carbon black to power electric vehicles?

Recycled carbon black to power electric vehicles?

Yes, the possibility of recycled carbon black being used to power electric vehicles could be a reality. Old tyres have never had it so good. In a bid to divert them from the landfills, tyres are...

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Gripping opportunities in a niche market

Gripping opportunities in a niche market

The gloves sector is facing challenging times, with demand declining and an oversupply situation expected, though Malaysia, the largest exporter of gloves, maintains an optimistic view. Meanwhile...

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Tyre sustainability with nanomaterials

Tyre sustainability with nanomaterials

Tyre demand is expected to reach 2.9 billion units or US$276 billion in 2017. With this huge demand, tyre companies weigh upon the availability of feedstock, costs of materials, as well as...

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Malaysian rubber gloves sector: Maintaining an upper hand in the global market

Malaysian rubber gloves sector: Maintaining an upper hand in the global market

The risk of overcapacity and pricing competition could maim Malaysia’s competitive edge in rubber gloves production, some analysts...

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Materials technology at play in the 2014 World Cup

Materials technology at play in the 2014 World Cup

When the 20th FIFA World Cuphas kicked off in Brazil early this June, the world is caught in frenzy. The month-long extravaganza being witnessed in Brazil has partly, if not totally, eclipsed the prep

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Rubber reclaiming gains traction

Rubber reclaiming gains traction

Increased consumption of rubber is outpacing supply, thus resulting in shortages. One way of countering this is by recycling tyres to obtain crumb rubber, a practice that is becoming a preferred....

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Rhein Chemie celebrates 125 years; highlights path taken over the years

Rhein Chemie celebrates 125 years; highlights path taken over the years

Mannheim-based Rhein Chemie, a wholly owned subsidiary of speciality chemicals company Lanxess, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Now a business unit of Lanxess, it was founded by two...

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Silicones: Jack of all trades in key sectors

Silicones: Jack of all trades in key sectors

Our modern lifestyles desire the development of sophisticated and advanced applications. A special material like silicones commands versatility in the most cost effective way and meet the requirements

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Thailand’s move to sell rubber seen to worsen NR price crash

Thailand’s move to sell rubber seen to worsen NR price crash

Mixed prospects for the Asian rubber industry were forecast early in the first quarter of the year. However, prices of natural rubber (NR) have reportedly been consistently sliding...

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Tyres in the sky

Tyres in the sky

The “disappearance” of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 on 8 March 2014 has provoked several possibilities. While not connected, this incident highlights that maintenance of aircraft tyres...

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Nigeria needs more rubber investments to attract tyre manufacturers

October 20, 2014
Nigeria needs more rubber investments to attract tyre manufacturers

Walking backwards from the automotive policy as it relates to the rubber industry, the key components are the tyres. Nigeria actually has all the raw materials necessary to produce tyres significantly. The country has the raw rubber, and the carbon…

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Kerala gov’t increases NR procurement price

October 20, 2014
Kerala gov’t increases NR procurement price

Alarmed by the trend of farmers leaving rubber cultivation, the Kerala government has hiked its natural rubber procurement price by Rs 3 a kg, a hike of 150%. The state cabinet on Wednesday decided to procure rubber from farmers at…

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Indonesia’s KPPU inspects tyre makers allegedly involved in price fixing

October 20, 2014
Indonesia’s KPPU inspects tyre makers allegedly involved in price fixing

Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) head M.Nawir Messi said the commission was investigating nine car tire manufacturers allegedly involved in cartel practices. “Most of the manufacturers are foreign companies that have factories in Indonesia,” he said on Monday. Messi said…

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Federal inaugurates new tyre factory in Taiwan

October 20, 2014
Federal inaugurates new tyre factory in Taiwan

Taiwan tyre maker Federal Corp. has broken ground on a $300 million car and light truck tyre plant in Taoyuan, its second factory in Taiwan and third overall. Federal management, local government officials and invited guest were on hand today…

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Henkel awards Dow Corning with Supplier Sustainability Award

October 20, 2014
Henkel awards Dow Corning with Supplier Sustainability Award

Dow Corning – a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation – has been awarded the “Supplier Sustainability Award” by Henkel Adhesive Technologies this year, for its ongoing efforts to optimize its sustainability processes. This “Outstanding Partner” award is…

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Carbon black makers to gather at Smithers Rapra event

October 20, 2014
Carbon black makers to gather at Smithers Rapra event

More than 275 feedstock producers, carbon black manufacturers, equipment solution providers and tyre and pigment end-users from around the globe will gather at Smithers Rapra’s Carbon Black World 2014, 20-22 October in Barcelona, Spain. Cabot, Birla Carbon, Cooper Tire, and…

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Surat Thani farmers agrees on price increase deal

October 19, 2014
Surat Thani farmers agrees on price increase deal

Rubber farmers in Surat Thani said yesterday the government’s goal to push for a price of Bt60 per kilogram while also providing farmers Bt1,000 per rai, for up to 15 rai as in a fertiliser subsidy, was acceptable. Surat Thani…

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Top Glove announces net profit decline in Q4

October 19, 2014
Top Glove announces net profit decline in Q4

Top Glove Corp Bhd’s net profit for the fourth financial quarter ended August 31, 2014 (4QFY14) fell 5.2% to RM45.9 million from RM48.4 million a year ago, mainly due to increased competition in the nitrile glove segment which resulted in…

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Maxxis Group to build new tyre plant in Gujarat

October 19, 2014
Maxxis Group to build new tyre plant in Gujarat

Taiwan-based tyre manufacturing giant Maxxis Group will set up its plant near Sanand in Gujarat. The announcement came after a high-level Maxxis Group delegation led by company president Wally Chen met Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and discussed the roadmap…

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Apollo launches limited edition Manchester United car tyre

October 19, 2014
Apollo launches limited edition Manchester United car tyre

A limited edition Manchester United-branded car tyre from the football club’s official tyre partner has been launched. No, we didn’t know the club had an official tyre partner, either. But Indian tyre company Apollo Tyres has nevertheless developed the new…

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International Rubber Prices
(as of 09 October 2014)

Monthly The prices shown above do not include VAT @4% on purchase and expenses towards packing, transportation, warehousing  and other incidentals


Source: India Rubber Board

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