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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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Indian rubber sector comes to terms with challenges

Indian rubber sector comes to terms with challenges

India, the world’s fourth largest producer of NR , is grappling with challenges but stakeholders are teaming up to resolve these issues, and new investments are expected to perk up the industry.

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On the road to higher gains

On the road to higher gains

The increase in demand for tyres from Asia, is estimated to reach 4.3% annually through 2017 to 2.9 billion units and this should bode well for the synthetic rubber industry

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New LSR for making radiator gaskets

July 24, 2014
New LSR for making radiator gaskets

Munich-based chemical company Wacker has expanded its product range with a new liquid silicone rubber (LSR) for the production of automotive gaskets. MoUlded parts made from the new silicone are resistant to heat and coolant and exhibit low compression set…

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Piedmont launches new ContiLifeCycle facility

July 24, 2014
Piedmont launches new ContiLifeCycle facility

Piedmont Truck Tires has completed the conversion of its Graham retread plant to the ContiLifeCycle processes and begun production of retreads using the ContiTread flat precured tread rubber. Greensboro, N.C.-based Piedmont converted the facility from the Goodyear certified retread process,…

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Poor policy implementation hinders rubber plantation growth in Nigeria

July 24, 2014
Poor policy implementation hinders rubber plantation growth in Nigeria

The National Rubber Association of Nigeria (NRAN), Saturday, said poor implementation of government policies, over the years, has hindered the growth of rubber plantation and related industries. President of NRAN, Emmanuel Bassey, stated this at the first national conference of…

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NHTSA plans to change tyre identification number

July 24, 2014
NHTSA plans to change tyre identification number

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to change the internationally recognized tyre plant identification number to a three-symbol code from a two-symbol code because the agency’s database supposedly is running out of two-symbol codes. The agency also wants…

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Condoms coated with virus-deactivating gel

July 24, 2014
Condoms coated with virus-deactivating gel

Coming soon: A condom coated with a special gel that has been able to deactivate as much as 99.9 percent of viruses in laboratory testing, including but not limited to HIV, the herpes virus and the human papillomavirus A condom…

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Vipal Rubber and Tatko proclaims successful tie-up

July 24, 2014
Vipal Rubber and Tatko proclaims successful tie-up

Vipal Rubber clients have held a joint event with Turkish distributor Tatko in Serbia to celebrate recent sales successes in the region. Tatko is responsible for distributing Vipal and Ruzi products in Turkey, Ukraine and other countries in Central Asia,…

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Training on rubber plantation assists AgNor farmers

July 24, 2014
Training on rubber plantation assists AgNor farmers

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte was grateful to the Department of Agriculture (DA) and JCA Rubber Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (JARBEMCO) for the successful conduct of training on rubber production and tapping system that benefited the farmers of the…

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Toyo to reveal new Open Country R/T in Sept 2014

July 23, 2014
Toyo to reveal new Open Country R/T in Sept 2014

The tyre will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Georgia, making it the first tyre for the company to be entirely made in the US, Off-Road.com reported. The Open Country R/T will be situated in the Toyo Tires lineup…

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Pirelli maintains status as largest tyre company in Central/South America

July 23, 2014
Pirelli maintains status as largest tyre company in Central/South America

Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. retained its status in 2013 as the largest tyre company in Central/South America, reporting $2.89 billion in sales throughout the region, a 5.2-percent gain over 2012. Pirelli is narrowly ahead of Japan’s Bridgestone Corp., which generated an…

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Wacker increases annual income projection

July 23, 2014
Wacker increases annual income projection

Wacker Chemie AG has upgraded its annual projection for EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). An announcement to this effect was issued by the Munich-based chemical company today. EBITDA for 2014 is now projected to be at least…

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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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