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Synthetic rubber: down but not out

Synthetic rubber: down but not out

Mired by the current tight supply and high prices, brought on by an increase in oil prices , the synthetic rubber sector is facing challenging times...

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Wacker to build new pyrogenic silica plant in its Charleston site in the US

Wacker to build new pyrogenic silica plant in its Charleston site in the US

The new facility is a key addition to the Charleston site’s supply chain, with an expected annual capacity of 13,000 metric tonnes.

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Cutting-edge nanotechnologies are breaking into industries

Cutting-edge nanotechnologies are breaking into industries

The first-ever Industry Summit in the rapidly developing and expanding field of nanoaugmented materials was held on 14–16 November at the birthplace of the world’s...

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Tyre Market: Asian tyre market keeps on rolling

Tyre Market: Asian tyre market keeps on rolling

Not only is Asia a major producer of rubber , but the region is also a burgeoning market for global tyre manufacturers ...

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Materials: Biorubber on a roll

Materials: Biorubber on a roll

The lucrative demand for rubber is taking a toll on forest areas in Asia. But tyre and car makers are taking action by developing the rubber-yielding potentials of plants and renewable materials,in th

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ARLANXEO: a strong global player in synthetic rubber

ARLANXEO: a strong global player in synthetic rubber

ARLANXEO will make its debut at the K2016 show this year, held from 19-26 October in Düsseldorf, Germany. The newly formed joint venture company for synthetic rubber faces the world stage at K, repre

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Gloves: Complying with the new standard for electrostatic properties in protective gloves

Gloves: Complying with the new standard for electrostatic properties in protective gloves

The introduction o f the EN16350:2014 standard, which deal s wi th the electrostatic characteristics of protective gloves in July 2015 meant that manufacturers had to look at new ways to match ...

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Materials News: Composites: going bone-deep into medical applications

Materials News: Composites: going bone-deep into medical applications

Polymer composites, reinforced plastics and advanced composites have been used in the manufacture of medical prostheses and implants over the last decade. Advanced composites, containing approximately

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Gloves: Cleanroom disposable gloves: technology advancements

Gloves: Cleanroom disposable gloves: technology advancements

Cleanroom disposabl e gloves market players are embracing advanc ed technology to ensure the gloves provide comfort and act as a barrier for contaminants , according to this report by Big Market Resea

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Machinery News: New development for stress relaxation tests in liquid

Machinery News: New development for stress relaxation tests in liquid

Stress relaxation tests on rubber materials are useful for determining rubber properties. Swedish firm Elastocon that develops testing equipment has introduced a new ALE (Aeration and Liquid Exchange)

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Silica: nano-sized solution for sustainable tyres

Silica: nano-sized solution for sustainable tyres

Measuring from as miniscule as 2 nanometres, specialty silica can impart sustainability in tyres, thus driving demand. It is impossible to imagine vehicles without fossil fuels. Globally, transportati

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Cultivating opportunities in the Philippine rubber sector

Rubber, a top agro-commodity, is being groomed as a key contributor to the nat ional economic development of the Philippines, says Angelica Buan...

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Yokohama sees growth in 2017 operating profit despite rising rubber prices

February 22, 2017
Yokohama sees growth in 2017 operating profit despite rising rubber prices

Japan’s third-biggest tyre maker, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., is expecting a 12% increase in their operating profit for 2017 despite the rising prices of natural rubber and other raw materials. The world’s eighth-biggest tyre maker predicts operating profit will grow…

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India shows increasing trend in natural rubber production

February 22, 2017
India shows increasing trend in natural rubber production

India is experiencing a continuous rising trend in its production of natural rubber (NR), with the total production for January 2017 showing a 26.93% increase as compared to the figures during the same period last year, according to the country’s…

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US imposes anti-dumping import duties on ESBR from South Korea

February 22, 2017
US imposes anti-dumping import duties on ESBR from South Korea

The US Department of Commerce will impose anti-dumping import duties on emulsion styrene butadiene rubber (ESBR) from South Korea following its decision last month to impose anti-dumping duties on dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) from South Korea as well. The preliminary determination…

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Bridgestone’s Examation receives “Tire Manufacturing Innovation” award

February 20, 2017
Bridgestone’s Examation receives “Tire Manufacturing Innovation” award

Bridgestone’s new tyre building system has been awarded “Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year” in the 2017 Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence. The independent jury of 27 top tyre industry experts applauded Bridgestone’s achievement in the use…

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Synthomer invests EUR20 mn in dispersion plant, capacity expansions

February 20, 2017
Synthomer invests EUR20 mn in dispersion plant, capacity expansions

UK-based chemicals business Synthomer, one of the world’s leading suppliers of waterborne dispersions and specialty polymers, is investing EUR20 million for the expansion and improvement of its dispersion plant located in Worms, Germany. This will strengthen the company’s continuous growth…

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SRI’s acquisition of UK-based Micheldever Group has been completed

February 20, 2017
SRI’s acquisition of UK-based Micheldever Group has been completed

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has completed its acquisition of UK-based Micheldever Group Ltd., the largest independent wholesaler, distributor and retailer of tyres in the UK. The acquisition of Micheldever from Graphite Capital Management LLP was initially announced on January…

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Rubber Board publishes a book on India’s rubber tariff policies

February 20, 2017
Rubber Board publishes a book on India’s rubber tariff policies

India’s Rubber Board has published a book on the country’s tariff policies on rubber and rubber products that aims to provide clarifications on the policies after the implementation of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs). India’s external trade policies have undergone important…

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Continental named Tire Manufacturer of the Year at Tire Tech Expo 2017

February 17, 2017
Continental named Tire Manufacturer of the Year at Tire Tech Expo 2017

Leading German automotive manufacturing company Continental AG has been given the “Tire Manufacturer of the Year” award at the recent Tire Technology Expo 2017 in Hanover, Germany. A high-calibre panel of 27 judges, including experts from Europe, Japan, India and…

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Malaysia still evaluating feasibility of rubberised roads in pilot projects

February 17, 2017
Malaysia still evaluating feasibility of rubberised roads in pilot projects

Malaysia, one of the world’s largest natural rubber producing countries, has already completed and is now evaluating three pilot projects to determine the technical and financial feasibility of using rubber on stretches of roads and highways. Malaysia Works Minister Datuk…

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Kumho Chairman making a bid for control in company

February 16, 2017
Kumho Chairman making a bid for control in company

After last month’s news that China’s Doublestar would by the likely buyer of Kumho Tire http://rubberjournalasia.com/kumho-likely-to-be-sold-to-chinas-doublestar/, it now appears that Kumho Asiana Group Chairman Park Sam-Koo has raised nearly US$870 million to buy back a controlling stake in the group’s…

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


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