World Rubber Summit 2019: New paths for the rubber economy

Getting a firm grip on the successful adoption of innovation and technology transfer in the industry will be a key thrust in driving the agenda at World Rubber Summit 2019, held in conjunction with Singex Exhibitions’s Tyrexpo event. The conference will be held in Singapore at the Park Royal on Beach Road from 18-19 March.

The years to come will be a crucial crossroad for the rubber sector as a whole. Industrialisation and urbanisation in emerging economies, sustainability regulation and policies, changing demographics and consumer preferences, rise of new technologies (i.e., digitisation, IoT, Industry 4.0) will trigger trends in the automotive industry that have the potential to radically change the mobility industry. Global vehicle sales will likely continue to grow although at a slower pace. Consumers are slowly turning away from the concept of car ownership and are looking at new options of mobility.

Rubber is undoubtedly a strategic industrial material with exclusive uses in thousands of diverse complex applications. Since the invention of vulcanisation, technological developments and innovations are intertwined with the rubber industry growth and sustainability.

Technological innovation offers a great opportunity to transform current production and consumption processes, and realise a worldwide transition to sustainability that can open doors to development and enhancement opportunities for all.

The summit, which carries the theme, “From Evolution to Revolution: New Paths for the Rubber Economy”, will open with a keynote address by Stefan Rittmann, Managing Director, Executive Vice-President of Corporate Business Development, Member of the Executive Leadership team of the Arlanxeo group.

“I am very excited to welcome participants from all over the world to Singapore for this incredible event”, said Salvatore Pinizzotto, IRSG Secretary-General, one of the organisers of the conference, adding that last year’s conference was held in Sri Lanka.

Singex also says that a stellar line-up of industry opinion leaders will convene in Singapore during this two-day summit to tackle trends, challenges and opportunities in the rubber industry, as follows:

– Nicolas Petit, Senior Commodities Adviser, UNDP Green Commodities Programme Sustainable Development Cluster

– Manu Bhaskaran, CEO, Centennial Asia Advisors Pte Ltd

– Juan Ramos Salinas, Managing Director, International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers Inc (IISRP)

– Vincent Gitz, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and

Agroforestry, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

– Andreas Topp, Vice President, Material & Process Development & Industrialization Tires, Continental

– Daniele Lorenzetti, Chief Technology Officer, Apollo Tyres

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