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Joint venture silica plant started up

WACKER Chemie and Dow Corning have inaugurated the second phase of their joint pyrogenic silica plant in Zhangjiagang, China. The pyrogenic silica plant, together with a siloxane plant, is a key facility of the Dow Corning-Wacker integrated silicone manufacturing site…

Butyl rubber plant on schedule

GERMAN specialty chemicals company Lanxess recently held a topping-out ceremony at its butyl rubber (BTR) plant in Jurong Island, Singapore, to commemorate the structural completion of all the buildings on the site. It was a double celebration for the BTR…

Danish entrant in Sri Lankan tyre market

Danish company Starco has set up a tyre manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka. The new plant, which represents an initial capital investment of around EUR2 million, will specialise in the manufacture of solid rubber tyres, to be marketed worldwide under…

RM195 mn allocation for rubber replanting programme

PENAMPANG, Malaysia – The federal government has approved an allocation of RM194.723 million for the rubber replanting programme and new rubber cultivation nationwide for the 2011-2012 period. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said from this amount,…

Business with a sense of (re)purpose

GLOBAL demand for rubber gloves is increasing by 12% due to demand and consumption, according to major rubber analysts. Increasing throughput and capacity may boost the potential to cater to a larger market demand but along with this production comes…

Desma expands in China

HAVING been in the Chinese market since 2007, rubber injection moulding machine maker Desma has built up a market share of 10% in the country. In order to meet growth expectations, the German firm has now set up an office…

Rubber index introduced

GLOBAL information supplier Platts has launched a Natural Rubber Index (RBX), which comprises daily physical spot price assessments for Technically Specified Rubber Grade 20 (TSR 20) and Ribbed Smoked Sheets Grade 3 (RSS 3) grades of natural rubber. It reflects…