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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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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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Chinese bicycle-sharing firm to use BASF’s two-layer tyre system

September 27, 2017
Chinese bicycle-sharing firm to use BASF’s two-layer tyre system

Leading China-based multinational bicycle sharing company ofo has partnered with German chemical company BASF to provide commuters with a more enjoyable ride that is safer and more comfortable through a two-layer tyre system made with BASF’s Elastopan polyurethane (PU). Enabled…

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Natural rubber listed as one of 27 critical raw materials for EU

September 27, 2017
Natural rubber listed as one of 27 critical raw materials for EU

The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) is committed to ensuring the availability and accessibility of raw materials for the operation of the European tyre and rubber industries. As part of this commitment, ETRMA contributed to the process of…

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Kuraray to purchase Calgon Carbon for US$1.1 billion

September 27, 2017
Kuraray to purchase Calgon Carbon for US$1.1 billion

Japanese firm Kuraray Co is to acquire the world’s largest activated carbon manufacturer Calgon Carbon Corporation for US$1.1 billion.  The move is pending customary conditions including the approval of US company Calgon Carbon’s shareholders and the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals,…

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Goodyear to acquire German tyre inspection system manufacturer

September 25, 2017
Goodyear to acquire German tyre inspection system manufacturer

Tyre manufacturing company Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is acquiring Ventech Systems GmbH, a Germany-based manufacturer of automated tyre inspection systems, from its parent company, Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH. Founded in 2006, Ventech Systems delivers innovative measuring devices for the vehicle…

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Bridgestone celebrates 50 years of operations in Thailand

September 25, 2017
Bridgestone celebrates 50 years of operations in Thailand

Japanese auto and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation celebrated 50 years of operations in Thailand in a ceremony held in Bangkok on September 18, 2017. Guests at the ceremony included Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Science and Technology, Hirunya Suchinai,…

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Michelin promotes natural rubber production best practices with new app

September 25, 2017
Michelin promotes natural rubber production best practices with new app

Michelin demonstrates its commitment to responsible and sustainable natural rubber production once again with the launch of Rubberway, a mobile application that is dedicated to following up and respecting best practices for collecting latex, transforming the product industrially and transporting…

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Nokian Tyres breaks ground on its US$360 mn manufacturing facility in US

September 22, 2017
Nokian Tyres breaks ground on its US$360 mn manufacturing facility in US

Finnish tyremaker Nokian Tyres has broken ground on the site of its US$360 million manufacturing facility in Dayton, the county seat of Rhea County in Tennessee, US. Nokian Tyres executives selected the Dayton site for several reasons, including its rail…

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Kerala government mulls setting up rubber factory

September 22, 2017
Kerala government mulls setting up rubber factory

The government of Kerala in India will set up an expert committee to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of a rubber factory under the “public-private partnership”(PPP) model with an objective to safe guard the interest of rubber growers…

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Cooper Standard opens ISG manufacturing, warehouse facility in Canada

September 22, 2017
Cooper Standard opens ISG manufacturing, warehouse facility in Canada

US-based Cooper Standard has officially opened its Industrial Specialty Group (ISG) facility, a dedicated site for ISG manufacturing and warehousing, in Sherbrooke, Quebec in Canada. The company consolidated three existing ISG facilities and approximately 250 employees to maximise service, quality…

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Synthomer launches the latest nitrile innovation SyNovus

September 22, 2017
Synthomer launches the latest nitrile innovation SyNovus

KUALA LUMPUR – SyNovus, the latest new nitrile to emerge from Synthomer’s Innovation Centre, was recently unveiled SyNovus boasts several distinct features. “Designed as a low energy nitrile with no maturation needed, SyNovus offers superior tensile strength properties and higher…

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