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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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Bridgestone inaugurates new tyre plant in Vietnam

October 24, 2014
Bridgestone inaugurates new tyre plant in Vietnam

According to the consultant McKinsey, the global automotive market is expected to grow until the year 2020, with the industry recording profits of EUR79 billion, up from EUR54 billion in 2012. Thus, Bridgestone Asia Pacific (BSCAP) has opened its plant…

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GAPKINDO urges members to limit sales of rubber

October 23, 2014
GAPKINDO urges members to limit sales of rubber

Indonesia’s main rubber group has asked its members to impose strict limits on sales until the second quarter of 2015, an official said on Thursday, the second attempt in less than a month to support prices by the world’s second-biggest…

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Tyre makers prompted to use synthetic products due to NR price increase

October 23, 2014
Tyre makers prompted to use synthetic products due to NR price increase

A rise in the prices of natural rubber has prompted tyre manufacturers to consider replacing the commodity with synthetic products. Spot prices of natural rubber at the Ahmedabad-based National Multi Commodity Exchange (NMCE) showed a rise of six per cent…

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Malaysia reports rubber market upsurge, uplifted by weaker yen

October 23, 2014
Malaysia reports rubber market upsurge, uplifted by weaker yen

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian rubber market hit a six-week high at close today, boosted by the weaker yen and coupled with the Thai government’s announcement to help planters, a dealer said. The dealer said among the measures to be…

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New Zealand gov’t launches tyre fuel efficiency campaign

October 23, 2014
New Zealand gov’t launches tyre fuel efficiency campaign

On 5 October transport authorities in New Zealand introduced the EnergyWise approval mark to help identify fuel efficient tyres and to help encourage consumers to ask for Energywise-approved tyres. The mark is also designed to give reassurance about the performance…

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Continental provides top-end technology to cycle sports

October 23, 2014
Continental provides top-end technology to cycle sports

Powerful sports cars, fast motorbikes and big trucks: Continental is well known as a producer of excellent tires for powerful vehicles. But cycle sport also benefits from the company’s leading-edge technology. On the road, the track, or off-road, the choice…

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Dow Corning ES-5600 Silicone Glycerol Emulsifier gains SEPAWA Innovation Award

October 23, 2014
Dow Corning ES-5600 Silicone Glycerol Emulsifier gains SEPAWA Innovation Award

Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, today announced that Dow Corning® ES-5600 Silicone Glycerol Emulsifier won first prize in the SEPAWA Innovation Award 2014 competition at the SEPAWA Congress in Fulda, Germany. A panel of…

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Rosneft and Pirelli signs partnership agreement on synthetic rubber

October 23, 2014
Rosneft and Pirelli signs partnership agreement on synthetic rubber

Rosneft head, Igor Sechin, and Pirelli’s chairman, Marco Tronchetti Provera, signed a memorandum of understanding in the area of research and development, producing and shipping of synthetic rubber in the city of Nakhodka in the framework of the FEPCO (Far…

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Thailand gov’t to dispense one-time cash handout to rubber planters

October 22, 2014
Thailand gov’t to dispense one-time cash handout to rubber planters

Thailand’s military-appointed government approved measures to help rubber farmers who have been hit hard by sharp declines in export prices. The decision enables the National Rubber Policy Committee to dispense a one-time cash handout worth no more than 15,000 baht…

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Kraton completes HiMA technology in Russia

October 22, 2014
Kraton completes HiMA technology in Russia

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. announced the successful completion of the first road trial of highly modified asphalt (HiMA) technology in St. Petersburg, Russia, which will open to traffic in mid-2015. HiMA is an innovative SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene) polymer technology developed specifically…

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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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