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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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Rubber exports on the rise in Vietnam

May 12, 2011

THE Indochinese country expects to make over US$3 billion from rubber exports this year because of rising global demand, says its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. China accounts for 70% of the country’s total rubber exports, while exports to…

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Update to FKM processing

May 12, 2011
Update to FKM processing

CONGLOMERATE 3M says its Dynamar RA5300 process aid for fluroelastomer (FKM) compounds has been shown to perform at a higher level. It also shows potential as a replacement for conventional materials like carnauba wax. Capillary rheometry was used to compare…

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Rubber device for Bluetooth users

April 14, 2011
Rubber device for Bluetooth users

American company Global NuTech’s joint venture partner, HIGA Corporation, has entered into an agreement with Sysna to distribute a unique foam rubber device designed to securely fit a Bluetooth earpiece in a user’s ear. The new device provides a snug…

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Self-healing elastomer from latex

April 14, 2011
Self-healing elastomer from latex

German researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen have developed self-healing elastomers that can repair themselves by stopping the growth of cracks. Latex from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree is used. Hevea latex contains…

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Doing away with harmful chemicals

April 14, 2011
Doing away with harmful chemicals

In 2009, a particularly problematic hazardous plasticiser, until then indispensible in vibration technology applications with high damping forces and limited ageing, was successfully replaced with harmless alternatives.

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Medical unit buyout by Trelleborg

April 14, 2011

Swedish Trelleborg plans to buy medical-related businesses from Switzerland’s Silcotech Group for US$42 million. The acquired operation focuses on precision seals and components in liquid silicone, primarily for the pharmaceutical industry and medical technology sector and is also used in…

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Evonik starts up isobutene plant; bonds buyout for carbon black unit

April 14, 2011
Evonik starts up isobutene plant; bonds buyout for carbon black unit

Germany-based Evonik Industries has started up a 110,000 tonnes/year isobutene plant at its Antwerp site in Belgium. The company says it invested tens of million of Euros to triple its capacity for isobutene, which is used in butyl rubber for…

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Chinese carbon black plant for Cabot

April 14, 2011
Chinese carbon black plant for Cabot

The company said the investment builds on its strong position in China, where demand for carbon black continues to grow.

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Zeon sees HNBR increase

April 14, 2011
Zeon sees HNBR increase

Another company that is seeing increasing demand for HNBR is Zeon Chemicals, which is planning to expand capacity for its Zetpol HNBR by 25% at its American plant to come on stream by 2012. The company had previously expanded its…

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Lanxess buys more Solutia chemicals and ups HNBR capacity

April 14, 2011
Lanxess buys more Solutia chemicals and ups HNBR capacity

The company is taking over the Vocol and Santoweb product lines including customer lists, tolling agreements and know-how. Employees of Flexsys are not part of the transaction. The transaction is effective immediately. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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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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