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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…

Gleaning the surface of synthetics

With the year slated to bring the biggest glut of natural rubber production and the prices for synthetic rubber (SR) expected to fall further, analysts say that it may be time for the SR market to uplift itself, especially in…

TRA forecasts mixed outlook for rubber

THE Thai Rubber Association (TRA) expects stagnancy in the rubber scenario in 2012 amid the global economic recession, following data from International Monetary Fund that forecasts global GDP growth of 4% in 2012 and 3.2% in 2020 respectively due to…

Tyre project reveals results

CEOs from eleven of the world’s leading tyre companies in Europe, Japan, South Korea and the US met recently in the US to review an international research project studying the potential environmental and health impacts of tyre materials and tyre…

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…

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…

Bio-based EPDM soon a reality

GERMANY-based Lanxess will produce the first sugar cane-based EPDM at its plant in Brazil by the year end. It will utilise sugar cane-based ethylene from Braskem to produce what it says will be several hundred tonnes of the bio-based EPDM.…

Rubber recycling on the upward trend

PROBABLY one of the most volatile commodities today, rubber has gone through a series of supply and demand gaps over the years, which has resulted in a sharp increase in pricing. It is because of the price fluctuations, changing weather…