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Tyres making strides in growing Asian economies

Tyres making strides in growing Asian economies

Growing population and rising economic conditions stimulate tyre demand. Asia Pacific region is predicted to lead in scaling up tyre demand further. ExxonMobil Chemicals in its report...

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A year of safety recalls

A year of safety recalls

The automotive industry has been up against challenging episodes in the outgoing year of 2014, and not only with vulnerable sales and production woes. What has tainted its rosy prospects is...

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Guayule rubber in full throttle

Guayule rubber in full throttle

Finally, the development on the guayule shrub as a rubber alternative has come full circle, with tyre giants starting to roll out tyres made from the much-awaited plant rubber, to reduce the ...

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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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Thai gov’t suspends draft rubber law debate

November 27, 2014
Thai gov’t suspends draft rubber law debate

Thailand’s government postponed debate on a draft rubber law on Thursday after coming under pressure from rubber farmers’ groups to scrap the law, the deputy agriculture minister said. The draft aims to set up a Rubber Authority of Thailand that…

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Skellerup gets approval for new rubber products plant in Wigram

November 27, 2014
Skellerup gets approval for new rubber products plant in Wigram

Skellerup Group’s $50 million plan for a new rubber products plant was given final consents today. Chief executive David Mair said while the building should be finished by December 2015 but a move from the existing Woolston site might not…

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Weak rubber prices benefits tyre makers

November 27, 2014

Shares of tyre makers rise on weak natural rubber prices and increased auto sales. Demand from auto companies expected to accelerate, traders say, citing revival in passenger vehicle growth. Demand recovery is expected in passenger vehicles over the next six…

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China rubber products demand expected to boost

November 27, 2014

Demand for rubber products in China is projected to grow 8.8 percent per year to 740 billion yuan in 2017. Advances will be supported by healthy growth in manufacturing, especially in the industrial machinery and motor vehicle industries. Rapid expansion…

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Capitol reports safety recall of Precision Trac II tyres

November 27, 2014
Capitol reports safety recall of Precision Trac II tyres

ITG Voma Corp., manufacturer of Capitol brand tyres, is recalling certain Capitol Precision Trac II tyres because they may experience tread separation. The 94,890 potentially affected tyres are sizes 245/70R17, 235/70R16, 235/75R15, 245/70R16, 245/75R16, 255/70R16, and 265/75R16 and were produced…

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Vacu-Lug launches new range of commercial vehicle tyres

November 27, 2014
Vacu-Lug launches new range of commercial vehicle tyres

Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres has launched the first in its new flagship range of commercial vehicle drive axle tyres, inspired by the latest production techniques and technologies used in aircraft and high-performance tyres. The Vacu-Lug Logistik range is designed to offer…

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Michelin opens world’s first airless radial tyre plant

November 27, 2014
Michelin opens world’s first airless radial tyre plant

French tyre maker, Michelin, recently opened its newest plant in North America, which will produce the innovative Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire for commercial applications. The new 135,000 sq ft facility in Piedmont, represents Michelin’s 10th manufacturing facility in…

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Toyo files infringement suit against Chinese firm

November 26, 2014
Toyo files infringement suit against Chinese firm

During the course of the recent SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. and its U.S. operations took legal action against a Chinese tyre firm whose display features a business name and logos that infringed on its name…

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Cambodian rubber industry threatened by illicit cross-border trade

November 26, 2014
Cambodian rubber industry threatened by illicit cross-border trade

An illicit cross-border rubber trade is thriving in Cambodia amid plummeting global prices and is threatening legitimate processing operations in the country, according to business owners and industry experts. The first half of the year saw local rubber prices tumble…

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Sri Lanka to implement guaranteed price for rubber

November 26, 2014
Sri Lanka to implement guaranteed price for rubber

The Rubber Development Department says that the guaranteed price for rubber proposed through the recent budget, will be implemented with effect from the 15th of this month. Director General of the Department of Rubber Development R.B. Premadasa says that around…

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International Rubber Prices
(as of 11 November 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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