ITRC moots exports curbs, again

The International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC) is planning another exports control to stabilise rubber prices, a Reuters report said. The council includes Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The ITRC said 2019 rubber production was expected to fall by 800,000 tonnes due to an outbreak of the Pestalotiopsis fungal disease, erratic weather conditions and sluggish tapping activities after a prolonged spell of low prices.

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IISRP to Honor Dr Gary M Marsh

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) will honor one of its outstanding technical leaders  Dr. Gary M. Marsh at its next Annual General Meeting (AGM). He will receive the prestigious Institute Technical Award. The Award will be presented during the 61st AGM of the IISRP in Bangkok, Thailand on May 12, 2020.

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USTMA to issue ‘call to action’ on scrap tire issues at Dec. 4 recycling event

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association is planning to issue a “call to action” on Dec. 4 at the 2019 Scrap Tire Recycling Conference in Greenville, S.C., to develop new “sustainable, circular end-use markets” for scrap tires.

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Cabot starts first phase of $100m Indonesian expansion

Boston, Massachusetts – Cabot Corp. has broken ground on an expansion project at its carbon black manufacturing plant in Cilegon, Indonesia, the company announced 21 Nov.

The phase 1 of the project will add 80 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) of capacity at the site, which produces rubber black grades within Cabot’s reinforcement business.

The product, said Cabot in a written statement to ERJ, is primarily used for tire applications.

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Corrie MacColl details landmark collaboration in Cameroon

Singapore — Natural rubber company Corrie MacColl, a subsidiary of global NR supply chain manager Halcyon Agri, has joined forces with local and international NGOs to strengthen rubber production across its plantations in Cameroon.

Two prominent NGOs, Mighty Earth and the Community Forests Platform, have joined the Cameroon Sustainability Council initiated by Corrie MacColl after a long-running consultation, Corrie MacColl said in a 21 Nov news release.

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Challenging prospects for rubber industry: Report

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The market conditions seem to be challenging for the natural rubber (NR) industry, as demand is caught up in the prevailing disarray in global trade and investments, geopolitics and slowing economy. As China accounts for a staggering 40 per cent of the global consumption of rubber, its trade war with the US and slowing economic […]

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GRI introduces natural oil-based Ultimate XT tire

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Global Rubber Industries is using natural processing oil in the production of an environmentally friendly version of its Ultimate XT solid rubber tire.

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Bridgestone begins manufacturing tires using recycled carbon black

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has begun at-scale use of recovered carbon black (rCB) in tire production, beginning with its agricultural tire plant in Des Moines, the company said recently.

Bridgestone has a long-standing partnership with Natchez, Miss.-based Delta-Energy Group L.L.C. and is using Delta-Energy’s proprietary product, D-E Black, as its sole source of rCB in Des Moines, Bridgestone said.

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NR supply falls 7.3% in first seven months of 2019

Kuala Lumpur – The world production of natural rubber (NR) fell 7.3% year-on-year to 7.039 million tonnes during the first seven months of 2019, according to the preliminary estimates published by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC).

Total product was hit by the outbreak of Pestalotiopsis leaf disease in the rubber producing states, with Indonesia estimating a 15% decline in annual output.

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Technology: Bridgestone unveils new polymer rubber/resin polymer

Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. has unveiled what it describes as the “world’s first” polymer that bonds rubbers and resins on the molecular level. Named Susym, the “next-generation” polymer material is expected to find applications in various fields that exceed the scope of use as a tire material, the Japanese tire & rubber company announced 11 Oc. The product, said Bridgestone, is the next step in the evolution of the company’s “high strength rubber”, unveiled in May 2018.

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