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Rubber Chemicals: Quality Accelerates

Rubber Chemicals: Quality Accelerates

This technical paper by Melanie Wiedemeier-Jarad and Dr. Hermann-Josef Weidenhaupt of Lanxess GmbH, Germany, explores the interaction between sulphur...

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No barriers to growth for Malaysian glove makers

No barriers to growth for Malaysian glove makers

Malaysia dominates the global rubber industry, supplying more than half the world’s glove requirements. It is well positioned to do so for reasons such as its natural rubber resources...

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Green thumb rules in the tyre industry

Green thumb rules in the tyre industry

Fluctuating supply and prices o f latex rubber and a growing demand for more eco-friendly technologies are antecedent to the development o f a flourishing green tyre sector...

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Slow, steady gain for Asian rubber in 2017

The Asian rubber industry is no stranger to fluctuations in commodity prices and upshot of market mechanisms. This year has jump started with improved rubber prices, compared to earlier quarters of la

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Synthetic rubber: down but not out

Synthetic rubber: down but not out

Mired by the current tight supply and high prices, brought on by an increase in oil prices , the synthetic rubber sector is facing challenging times...

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Wacker to build new pyrogenic silica plant in its Charleston site in the US

Wacker to build new pyrogenic silica plant in its Charleston site in the US

The new facility is a key addition to the Charleston site’s supply chain, with an expected annual capacity of 13,000 metric tonnes.

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Cutting-edge nanotechnologies are breaking into industries

Cutting-edge nanotechnologies are breaking into industries

The first-ever Industry Summit in the rapidly developing and expanding field of nanoaugmented materials was held on 14–16 November at the birthplace of the world’s...

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Tyre Market: Asian tyre market keeps on rolling

Tyre Market: Asian tyre market keeps on rolling

Not only is Asia a major producer of rubber , but the region is also a burgeoning market for global tyre manufacturers ...

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Materials: Biorubber on a roll

Materials: Biorubber on a roll

The lucrative demand for rubber is taking a toll on forest areas in Asia. But tyre and car makers are taking action by developing the rubber-yielding potentials of plants and renewable materials,in th

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ARLANXEO: a strong global player in synthetic rubber

ARLANXEO: a strong global player in synthetic rubber

ARLANXEO will make its debut at the K2016 show this year, held from 19-26 October in Düsseldorf, Germany. The newly formed joint venture company for synthetic rubber faces the world stage at K, repre

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Gloves: Complying with the new standard for electrostatic properties in protective gloves

Gloves: Complying with the new standard for electrostatic properties in protective gloves

The introduction o f the EN16350:2014 standard, which deal s wi th the electrostatic characteristics of protective gloves in July 2015 meant that manufacturers had to look at new ways to match ...

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Materials News: Composites: going bone-deep into medical applications

Materials News: Composites: going bone-deep into medical applications

Polymer composites, reinforced plastics and advanced composites have been used in the manufacture of medical prostheses and implants over the last decade. Advanced composites, containing approximately

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Dow to proceed with coatings and silicones investments in Saudi Arabia

May 24, 2017
Dow to proceed with coatings and silicones investments in Saudi Arabia

US-based chemicals firm Dow Chemical has signed an agreement to construct a manufacturing facility to produce a range of polymers for coatings and water-treatment applications, and a MOU for a feasibility study related to a proposed investment in the company’s…

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Nigeria’s Edo State to give rubber sector a boost

May 22, 2017
Nigeria’s Edo State to give rubber sector a boost

Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State in Nigeria, said he will boost rubber production efforts in order to increase the state’s foreign exchange earnings. According to him, rubber was a major source of foreign earnings for the country before…

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India considers repealing the Rubber Act

May 22, 2017
India considers repealing the Rubber Act

The central government of India is mulling the repeal of the Rubber Act of 1947, which is often referred to by the country’s rubber farmers as “the Constitution”.The Act has been one of the key elements regulating the rubber industry…

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Malaysia rubber glove exports hit RM4 bn in Q1 2017

May 22, 2017
Malaysia rubber glove exports hit RM4 bn in Q1 2017

Malaysia exported more than RM4 billion worth of rubber gloves in the first quarter of 2017, showing a 26% increase compared to the first quarter of 2016, which recorded RM3.2billion in sales. The country’s rubber products are currently exported to…

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India’s rubber sector structural reforms worry farmers

May 19, 2017
India’s rubber sector structural reforms worry farmers

The current structural reforms that India’s Rubber Board is going through combined with the possible changes in rubber plantation policy perspectives have the country’s more than 1 million rubber farmers worried. The immediate reason for alarm has been the decision…

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VMI South America relocates to new Itatiaia facility in Brazil

May 19, 2017
VMI South America relocates to new Itatiaia facility in Brazil

VMI South America Ltda celebrated its official relocation to its new and larger location in the city of Itatiaia, about half way between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with an open house event for its customers and…

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Russia offers to trade fighter jets for Indonesia’s rubber

May 19, 2017
Russia offers to trade fighter jets for Indonesia’s rubber

Russia has offered to trade its Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets for Indonesia’s natural rubber. Indonesia’s Trade Ministry foreign trade director general Oke Nurwan was quoted as saying that Russia is interested in the country’s crumb rubber. However, the Indonesia government…

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ContiTech closing Cosmoflex plant; expanding PVC hose plant

May 17, 2017
ContiTech closing Cosmoflex plant; expanding PVC hose plant

ContiTech, a division of German automotive manufacturing company Continental and a specialist in rubber and plastics technology, has announced the closing of its Cosmoflex plant in Hannibal, Missouri in the US by the end of the year. The company also…

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GM commits to sourcing sustainable NR for its tyres

May 17, 2017
GM commits to sourcing sustainable NR for its tyres

American multinational corporation General Motors (GM) has made an industry-first commitment to source sustainable natural rubber for its tyres to help drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labour rights. Believing a collaborative approach is needed in…

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JV termination led to high revenue growth for Semperit

May 17, 2017
JV termination led to high revenue growth for Semperit

Due to the termination of almost all joint ventures of Semperit Group with the Thai Sri Trang Agro-Industry Public Co Ltd Group, the Vienna-based publicly listed company saw high positive one-off effects in the first quarter of 2017. Although, the…

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International Rubber Prices
(as of 29, May 2017)

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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