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Smart tyres come of age

Smart tyres come of age

Smart tyre developments are driving forward the future of the mobility ecosystem. Connected cars are nothing without smart tyres. Dramatically having evolved from the 19th century...

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Latex Industry: Asia cultivates an efficient rubber production

Latex Industry: Asia cultivates an efficient rubber production

The region’s rubber sector has a blueprint of strategies to hedge it against falling prices and struggling output. Prices under the weather. World demand for rubber has...

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Malaysia’s glove sector: in a quiet revolution with automation/Industry 4.0

Malaysia’s glove sector: in a quiet revolution with automation/Industry 4.0

The world’s largest producer of rubber gloves is getting a hold of competition, wage hikes and volatile currency, with capacity expansions through automation...

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Green Rubber: New biorubber tyres with a greener footprint

Green Rubber: New biorubber tyres with a greener footprint

R&D efforts and partnerships are keeping pace with the clamour for renewable-sourced rubber for tyres, says Angelica Buan in this report. From guayule to soy beans...

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The anatomy of biobased rubber in tyres

The anatomy of biobased rubber in tyres

Renewably-sourced synthetic rubbers are making the cut in the growing automotive and tyre markets, says Angelica Buan in this report..

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Paving the way for rubberised roads

Paving the way for rubberised roads

Rubberised roads demonstrate a viable solution against greenhouse gas emissions, road noise abatement and landfilling of scrap tyre rubber. In Thailand, rubber roads also stabilise its economy, says..

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Medical devices market in good shape with silicones

Medical devices market in good shape with silicones

Evolving from silicon, one of the earth’s most common elements, silicones are recognised for their versatile medical application potentials...

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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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Chandra Asri rubber plant to start operating in 2018

November 9, 2017
Chandra Asri rubber plant to start operating in 2018

Indonesian media has reported that PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (TPIA) is partnering with French tyre-maker Michelin to build a solution styrene butadine rubber (SSBR) factory for vehicle tyre manufacturers. Through the joint venture company PT Synthetic Rubber Indonesia (SRI) is…

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Semperit Group expands production capacity of hydraulic hoses

November 9, 2017
Semperit Group expands production capacity of hydraulic hoses

The Semperit Group has further expanded its Semperflex Optimit in Odry, Czech Republic.EUR 20 million were spent on the latest expansion of the hydraulic hose production, enhancing the capacities in Europe’s largest hose factory by approximately another third. With this…

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Trelleborg acquires tyre operation

November 8, 2017
Trelleborg acquires tyre operation

Trelleborg through its business area Trelleborg Wheel Systems, has signed an agreement and finalised the acquisition of White Baumaschinenreifen GmbH (White). The company specialises in the service, fitting and repair of pneumatic and solid tyres for construction vehicles in Germany. The…

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Global supply of natural rubber expected to be hit by La Nina, poor weather

November 8, 2017
Global supply of natural rubber expected to be hit by La Nina, poor weather

The International Rubber Consortium (IRCo) has predicted that the La Nina phenomenon and overall poor weather condition to reduce the global supply of natural rubber (NR). The  La Nina phenomenon is expected to bring heavy rains from November 2017 to January 2018.…

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Poor road conditions a hindrance to our business – Malaysian rubber tappers

November 8, 2017
Poor road conditions a hindrance to our business – Malaysian rubber tappers

A village in Pitas, Sabah, wants road conditions to be improved to help them with their livelihoods. Kampung Petani Baru village head Lorence Lumanggis, a rubber tapper, said the route from the estate to the main road was poorly maintained.…

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ITRC, not very successful in stabilising rubber prices: Datu Nasrun

November 8, 2017
ITRC, not very successful in stabilising rubber prices: Datu Nasrun

International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC) collaboration has not been very successful in stabilising global natural rubber (NR) prices as two member countries, Thailand and Indonesia, failed to adhere to the programme set out. Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk…

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The Malaysian Rubber (MRB) board appoints new DG

November 8, 2017
The Malaysian Rubber (MRB) board appoints new DG

The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) has appointed Dr. Zairossani Mohd Nor as Director General, effective Nov 1, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Zairossani was the Deputy Director-General (Research & Innovation) since 2015 and is presently leading several key national-level…

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Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad appointed to FGV board

November 3, 2017
Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad appointed to FGV board

Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad and Dr Mohamed Nazeeb P. Alithambi have been appointed as independent non-executive directors of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. In a statement, FGV chairman Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid said the company was confident the appointments would…

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Malaysian PM: govt approved RM200m to assist smallholders, rubber tappers

November 3, 2017
Malaysian PM: govt approved RM200m to assist smallholders, rubber tappers

The government approved a RM200 million allocation for several initiatives specifically for smallholders and rubber tappers in Malaysia, said it’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said the rubber smallholdings sector would be given a new lease of…

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Thai rubber growers from the South plan rally over price drop

November 3, 2017
Thai rubber growers from the South plan rally over price drop

Rubber growers from southern Thailand are planning to gather in the capital to pressure the military regime into propping up falling prices in all central rubber markets in the South, according to an informed source. They are mulling a protest…

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International Rubber Prices
(as of 14, November 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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