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The low-profile success of Vietnam as a rubber producer

The low-profile success of Vietnam as a rubber producer

Vietnam’s rise to the ranks as the third largest rubber producer globally, came through a series of economic transitioning spurred by eco-political reforms as well as regional partnerships...

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Exploiting energy potentials of rubber

Exploiting energy potentials of rubber

Piezoelectricity holds promise to providing power source, and the use of rubber is helping researchers to optimise that potential in broader applications...

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Rubber in seismic technologies

Rubber in seismic technologies

The damaging impact of earthquakes to life and property prompts for new technologies to be incorporated into design and construction of buildings. These include using rubber polymers for...

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Playing safe with turf fields

Playing safe with turf fields

Sports and recreational activity promote healthy physical well-being. But what if the sports field and playground that are made of a rubber base (comprising crumb rubber from recycled tyres)...

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Scratching the surface of the allergy stigma of latex

Scratching the surface of the allergy stigma of latex

Natural rubber latex is known to trigger allergic reactions in certain individuals. Given this, recent studies and innovations are coming up with allergy-free alternatives, says...

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Rubber boom – an environmental misstep

Rubber boom – an environmental misstep

The rate of consumption is an economic benchmark, and the higher the consumption for a commodity; the better it is for the economy. Yet, with the apparent obsessive focus on consumerism, we tend...

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Relying on safety and sustainability

Relying on safety and sustainability

Globally, rubber demand is expected to grow 1.8% in 2015 and 4.1% in 2016, while plummeting rubber prices, due to oversupply, continue to impact rubber-producing countries in Southeast Asia...

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WRS: outlook for rubber dismal; long-term prospects seem better

WRS: outlook for rubber dismal; long-term prospects seem better

With rubber prices hovering at a dismal low for the past five years, against an oversupply situation in both synthetic and natural rubbers and weakening crude oil outlook, the industry is pacing...

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Green Rubber building new facility in Malaysia; putting used tyres to good use

Green Rubber building new facility in Malaysia; putting used tyres to good use

Since 1995, there has been a technology offered in Malaysia called DeLink that reprocesses End-of-Life tyres (ELTs) and turns them into consumer products. The process is called...

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Growth path for synthetic rubber

Growth path for synthetic rubber

Amidst the volatilities in raw materials supplies and costs, demand for synthetic rubber is continuing to move forward, according to...

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Prices of rubber surge due to floods in Malaysia; Top Glove remains optimistic

Prices of rubber surge due to floods in Malaysia; Top Glove remains optimistic

A large-scale flood in Malaysia, the biggest in years, have sent price of rubber surging, affecting some businesses, and not some. The world’s largest rubber glove...

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Desma banks on auto sector for growth in Asia

Desma banks on auto sector for growth in Asia

Rubber injection moulding machinery manufacturer Klöckner Desma Elastomertechnik expects in three years that its market share in Asia will be upped to 50% of its turnover...

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Latest Headlines

Lanxess opens new rubber plant in Singapore

August 30, 2015
Lanxess opens new rubber plant in Singapore

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess recently opened its new neodymium butadiene rubber (Nd-BR) plant. The new plant is next to the company’s existing butyl rubbe plant in Jurong Island, Singapore. Nd-BR is a type of rubber that reduces tyre abrasion. and…

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Freudenberg-NOK offers globally compatible materials

August 28, 2015
Freudenberg-NOK offers globally compatible materials

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies offers sealing materials that meet all global regulations. Further, as a global materials expert, the company invests heavily in research and technology that will keep it on the leading edge of generating solutions that will meet diverse…

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Carmakers scramble to boost sales in India

August 28, 2015
Carmakers scramble to boost sales in India

International carmakers are scrambling to boost sales in India. Automakers like General Motors, Nissan Motor Co and Renault SA has seen over the past weeks hundreds of job losses. Some have already reduced output, and industry analysts expect more to…

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Volkswagen sees 3. 7 % drop in July sales in China, Russia

August 28, 2015
Volkswagen sees 3. 7 % drop in July sales in China, Russia

Weak markets in China, Russia and Brazil led to a decrease of 3.7 % in the July sales of the German carmaker Volkswagen. “The overall economic situations in China, Russia and Brazil remain difficult. As before, the Volkswagen group has…

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Australia tyre market report

August 28, 2015
Australia tyre market report

The TechSci Research report, “Australia Tyre Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020″, has announced that the tyre market in Australia is predicted to reach around US$ 2.8 billion in 2015. This is due to several reasons, including: increase in industrialization, increasing…

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Dealers angry of demand to restrict import of radial tyres

August 28, 2015
Dealers angry of demand to restrict import of radial tyres

The fall in rupee has made the import of radial tyres costlier. This in turn has made the local tyre industry to demand for a restriction on radial tyres, angering dealers in the process who say that the demand is…

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RSS-4 Rubber price on a six-year low

August 27, 2015
RSS-4 Rubber price on a six-year low

At Rs 112 per kg, India’s RSS 4-grade rubber price has skidded to a six-year low. The price drop is still an effect of China’s decline in demand of Indian rubber. The decline dampened the festive mood of the Onam…

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India rolls out Rubber Production Incentive Scheme

August 27, 2015
India rolls out Rubber Production Incentive Scheme

In light of the declining rubber prices, Indian rubber farmers will surely take the brunt. That’s why the Indian government launched the Rubber Production Incentive Scheme (RPIS). The scheme ensures that farmers will always be paid Rs 150/kg for their…

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Construction of Malaysia’s Rubber City start in 2016

August 27, 2015
Construction of Malaysia’s Rubber City start in 2016

Construction of Malaysia’s “Rubber City” in Padang Terap is set to begin next year, said Datuk Dr Ku Abdul Rahman Ku Ismail, state Industry and Investment, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman. The city would be an industrial…

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Miracle tape GriGrip solves Cricket problems

August 27, 2015
Miracle tape GriGrip solves Cricket problems

Cricket players were always plagued with the problem of slipping bat grips. They dealt with it creatively, using insulation tapes, super glue, and, at the worst of times—chewing gum. Then, rubber adhesive GripGrip came along. GripGrip is a rubber strip…

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International Rubber Prices
(as of 05 August 2015)

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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