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Rolling in the Green

While the natural rubber industry tries to get its act together, synthetic rubber is cashing on its green outlook, nourished with ample applications in the automotive sector. German speciality chemicals firm Lanxessexplains why its innovations and technologies could address tomorrow’s…

Synthomer eyeing Asia for expansion

UK-headquartered synthetic dispersions and latices manufacturer Synthomer Asia, which is part of the UK-listed Yule Catto, is increasingly looking to China and the rest of Asia to expand its business across the region, says Dr Brendan Catlow, Asia Managing Director,…

“Green” mobility trump card for Lanxess

WITH the current demand to incorporate “green” technologies in lifestyles and a need to protect the planet’s resources, many companies are under pressure to introduce more eco-friendly technologies. German speciality chemicals firm Lanxess is taking this cue with its product…

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…