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Rubber technology encores at Italian show

AFTER an absence of several years, the satellite show on Rubber is back at this year’s PlastMilan exhibition in Italy. Under the patronage of the rubber association Assogomma, a pavilion has been slotted for rubber manufacturers with several exhibitors covering…

Rubber chemicals see elastic demand

GLOBAL demand for rubber processing chemicals is forecast to increase 4.7% a year through 2015 to 1.35 million tonnes. Gains will be driven by continuing robust gains in the Asia Pacific region (especially China) and recovery in demand in the…

China’s tyre recycling expose and tyre scraps

A REPORTER from the Qilu Evening News has published a report outlining practices in China’s small tyre recycling businesses. The report outlines dangerous and unsafe practices; the attempted repair of irreparably-damaged tyres; burning of tyres in the open and other,…

Evolving latex industry

STIFF competition looms over. The natural rubber latex (NRL) industry has grown tremendously, especially during the last 25 years. The industry is driven by the gloves market that has been responding to increased demand created by the heightened awareness for…

Thai show pushes the “green” envelope

THAILAND played host to the first ever Rubber Technology Expo 2012, held at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from 8-10 March. There certainly appears to be a global megatrend leaning towards environmental consciousness and sustainability and the…

Global tyre demand to accelerate

GLOBAL tyre demand to accelerate World demand for tyres is forecast to rise 4 .7% per year through 2015 to 3.3 billion units according to US research firm Freedonia Group. In value terms, the tyres market is projected to advance…

Growing alongside the synthetic rubber market

BEREFT of oil resources, Taiwan has successfully emerged as a petrochemical titan and currently ranks the ninth largest producer in the world. However, the country’s dependence on crude oil supply has made it vulnerable to pricing fluctuations. Thus, by value…

Silicones big ticket to health sector

LONG associated with feeding bottle nipples and breast implants, silicone rubber is forecast to be the next billion dollar industry to tap the changing yet highly lucrative prospects in the medical and healthcare sectors A steady pipeline of innovative materials…

REDISA extends deadline of waste tyre plan

THE implementation of the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan by the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) is to be extended. This news comes after it was announced that the waste tyre collection initiative will see…

Toyo Tire recalls tyres in the US

TOYO Tire in the US is recalling 68,763 Extensa A/S tyres distributed to retailers within the country that may have been produced with a kink at the bead area of the tyres. Under certain circumstances, the kink may eventually lead…