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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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Lanxess — green tyres are the way forward in China

Lanxess -- green tyres are the way forward in China

China produced more than 500 million radial tyres in 2013. And China’s fast growing automotive market bolsters the country’s position as the world’s major tyre producer.

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Lanxess and Hankook Tire  to jointly develop new synthetic rubber grades for tyres

Lanxess and Hankook Tire to jointly develop new synthetic rubber grades for tyres

Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly study the development of new high-performance synthetic rubber grades and applications..

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JUBA launches cut-resistant gloves for the auto industry

JUBA launches cut-resistant gloves for the auto industry

The gloves incorporates DSM's Dyneema Diamond Technology, which has a feature of being twice as thin as regular yarn normally used in cut Level 3 gloves.

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Latest Headlines

Indonesian rubber producers rejects new tax increase

August 28, 2014
Indonesian rubber producers rejects new tax increase

The national alliance of rubber producers has rejected the imposition of a 10 percent value-added tax (VAT), following on the heels of agricultural business groups. The Indonesian Rubber Producers Association (Gapkindo) says the tax, when put in place, would disrupt…

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Mesnac plans to build new production facility in Slovakia

August 28, 2014
Mesnac plans to build new production facility in Slovakia

Mesnac’s European Research and Technical Center (MERTC), recently announced that it is planning a major expansion of its operations based in Slovakia. The construction of a new production facility and additional research facilities will take place in the Trencin City…

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Mickey Thompson expands Street Comp tyre range

August 28, 2014
Mickey Thompson expands Street Comp tyre range

Max-Trac Tire Co., Inc., dba Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, now has available the ultra-high performance Street Comp tire in three new sizes for muscle car, tuner and European sport sedan applications. The wide 305/35R20 rear size, first introduced…

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Supermax reports lower profit in second quarter

August 28, 2014
Supermax reports lower profit in second quarter

Supermax Corporation Bhd’s second quarter ended June 30, 2014 net profit was down 24.5% to RM26.76mil from RM35.48mil a year ago. The group told Bursa Malaysia on Tuesday that revenue for the period was down 27.8% to RM238.1mil from RM330mil…

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Alliance to showcase new tyres at Farm Progress Show

August 28, 2014
Alliance to showcase new tyres at Farm Progress Show

Alliance Tire Americas is showcasing new row crop and flotation tyres at the Farm Progress Show going on now in Boone, Iowa. Also at its booth, the company is hosting Doug Lively and the Bank Robber, the National Tractor Pullers…

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Kumho reports operating profit increase in Q2

August 28, 2014
Kumho reports operating profit increase in Q2

Kumho Tire Co. Inc. reported 9-percent higher operating profit for the quarter ended June 30 on 10.5-percent lower sales. Kumho attributed the earnings improvement—to $111.7 million, or 12.6 percent of sales—to the positive “tailwind” of lower raw materials costs. The…

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CEAT to export products back to northeast India

August 27, 2014
CEAT to export products back to northeast India

India’s tyre giant CEAT aims to export back at least 30 percent of the products to be manufactured at its plant in Mymensingh, taking advantage of the duty benefits the neighbouring country has extended to Bangladesh. The Mumbai-based company last…

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Anhui HeDing builds new tyre factory

August 27, 2014
Anhui HeDing builds new tyre factory

Anhui HeDing Tires Technology Co. Ltd. has commissioned production at its new factory in Bengbu, Anhui, province, 17 months after beginning construction on the $323 million project. The plant, in the Huaiyuan Economic Development Zone in Bengbu, is designed to…

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RMA and TIA agrees to add additional symbol to tyre plant codes

August 27, 2014
RMA and TIA agrees to add additional symbol to tyre plant codes

The Tire Industry Association (TIA), has sent comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Docket Office regarding a notice of proposed rulemaking for tyre identification and recordkeeping. NHTSA is seeking to expand the first part of the tyre…

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Thai rubber farmers feel deceived by national council

August 27, 2014
Thai rubber farmers feel deceived by national council

Thai rubber farmers who supported anti-government protests that led to a military coup in May say they feel betrayed because the ruling military is failing to help soften the blow of plunging rubber prices. Thailand is the world’s largest rubber…

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International Rubber Prices
(as of 2 July 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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