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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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Sri Lanka rubber institute signs agreement with China to improve rubber industry

October 29, 2014

The Sri Lanka Rubber Research Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s state-owned CETC International for the development of the RRI. The collaboration with CETC will include infrastructure development, upgrading of essential equipment and technical assistance. The proposed…

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Dow Corning extends healthcare application center in Belgium

October 29, 2014

Because it is biocompatible and exhibits a number of other desirable properties, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a popular material choice for medical device manufacturers producing catheters, tubing, seals, and related products. However, it is not a simple material to…

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Thai rubber farmers expresses frustration on government subsidy

October 29, 2014
Thai rubber farmers expresses frustration on government subsidy

Leaders of rubber farmers in the South have expressed disappointment with the government subsidy of Bt1,000 per rai, limited to a maximum of 15 rai each. Tossapol Kwanrod, chairman of the rubber and palm oil farmers’ network in 16 southern…

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Hankook reports increase in sales and operating profit

October 29, 2014
Hankook reports increase in sales and operating profit

Hankook Tire, the leading and one of the fastest growing tyre companies in the world, today announced its financial results for the third quarter 2014 with global consolidated sales of KRW 1.72 trillion and operating profit of KRW 276 billion.…

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Titan announces operating and net sales decline in third quarter

October 29, 2014

Titan International Inc. reported operating and net losses for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30 as the OTR tire and wheel maker suffered lower sales of key, higher profit-margin products, higher operating expensese and currency translation losses in…

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Dow Corning unveils new high-performance Syl-Off Release System

October 29, 2014
Dow Corning unveils new high-performance Syl-Off Release System

Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, today unveiled its new, high-performance Syl-Off Release System at Labelexpo India 2014. The new system combines Dow Corning’s industry-leading Syl-Off SL 35 Release Modifier and new Syl-Off SL 411…

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BASF ups production capacity for Nanjing tertiary butylamine plant

October 29, 2014

German chemicals firm BASF will expand the production capacity of its existing world-scale production plant for tertiary Butylamine (tBA)at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The company plans to increase the existing production capacity by 60%, from 10,000 tonnes/year…

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Malaysian rubber glove maker devotes RM200m for capital expenditure

October 28, 2014
Malaysian rubber glove maker devotes RM200m for capital expenditure

Top Glove Corp Bhd, which has earmarked close to RM200 million for capital expenditure for the current financial year ending Aug 31, 2015, is ready for merger and acquisition (M&A) activities, given its strong and healthy balance sheet position, said…

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Indian rubber price downtrend weakens tax revenues

October 28, 2014
Indian rubber price downtrend weakens tax revenues

The dominant economic logic that fall in rubber prices will not lead to a proportionate drop in the consumption pattern of rubber growers is gradually being dumped. Contrary to all expectations and alarmingly for the state’s economy, it has been…

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Sumitomo tyre plant in Latin America gains ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification

October 28, 2014
Sumitomo tyre plant in Latin America gains ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification

Sumitomo Rubber Industries is pleased to announce that the Sumitomo Rubber Group’s first tyre factory in Latin America, Sumitomo Rubber do Brasil Ltda., has obtained certification in both the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard and the OHSAS 18001 Occupational…

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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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