Brunei: Reconsider rubber tax


THE Brunei Government has introduced a tax on rubber-related products. It was not explained why it needed to do this.

The products include stationery items like erasers, rubber bands etc. The tax will be between three to five per cent. This will burden the schools and the students. In these hard times we shouldn’t be burdening the families by making basic school necessities costly, especially for the low income families.

At present companies selling stationery items from Miri are active in Brunei and have taken a huge share of the stationery market. This has badly affected local businesses selling stationary items.

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Yokohama Finds Creative Way to Show Tire Superiority | Car News


You could spend a lot of time trying to figure out what a surfboard, a rodeo saddle and a pair of racing shoes have in common, but we’ll spare you the trouble and fill you in right now: these three objects represent Yokohama Canada’s opportunity to showcase the superior quality of its tires.

How so? The company is underlining the 100th anniversary of its founding by calling on three so-called “Tire Tailors” to come up with innovative concepts using Yokohama treads.

According to Diana Colosimo, director of development for Yokohama Canada, these Tire Tailors were tasked with creating products born of their respective design expertise and talents using Yokohama tire treads.

Tom Millar of Ausmosis Surfboards thus made use of the Yokohama W Drive tire, conceived expressly to maintain road grip in cold and humid conditions, to create a customized board that allows surfers to maintain a firmer hold when riding it.

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United States Non Tire Rubber Industry 2016 Market Research Report


The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Non Tire Rubber market analysis is provided for the United States markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and Bill of Materials cost structures are also analyzed. 

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Study: Rubber turf doesn’t raise cancer risk


OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 10, 2017)— A newly issued analysis from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) concluded there is no evidence that cancer rates among young athletes are increased by playing on crumb rubber athletic turf.

“We did not find the number of cancers among soccer players, select and premier players or goalkeepers reported to the project team to be higher than expected based on Washington cancer rates for people of the same ages,” said the executive summary of the analysis from the WSDOH.

A coalition of three synthetic turf associations — the Recycled Rubber Council (RRC), the Safe Fields Alliance and the Synthetic Turf Council — said they were pleased but not surprised by the results of the WSDOH analysis.

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Trinseo backing new rubber technologies


London – Trinseo expects to commercialise its neodymium BR (Nd-BR) production by end of 2017 or early 2018 depending on customer feedback, according to Samer Al-Jabi, global business director for synthetic rubber.

The Berwyn, Pennsylvania-based company announced in April 2014 that it planned to convert its nickel butadiene rubber (Ni-BR) production train in Schkopau, Germany to manufacture Nd-BR.

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Rubber Glove Industry Likely To Miss Export Revenue Target


View Comments PETALING JAYA : The rubber glove industry is unlikely to achieve its export revenue target of RM14.3 billion set for this year, due to shortage of manpower, water supply disruptions, and lower selling prices seen earlier this year. Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) president Denis Low Jau Foo told SunBiz recently that the sector’s export revenue this year is projected to reach RM13.8 billion, short of target but still higher than the RM13.1 billion recorded in 2015. He, however, expects export revenue to hit RM15 billion-RM15.2 billion in 2017 if latex prices, which …

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Car boom to drive rubber hoses market: Siddharth Jaiswal


The global automotive rubber hoses market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% to $11.36 billion in revenue by 2020 thanks to the growing auto sales in emerging markets as well as in developed countries, predicts Siddharth Jaiswal, Analyst for Automotive Practice at Technavio, a leading technology research and advisory company.

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Reclaimed Rubber Market Size to Reach USD 6.32 Billion by 2025

The global reclaimed rubber market is expected to reach USD 6.32 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Favorable regulations promoting sustainable and eco-friendly materials as substitutes for conventional virgin rubber is driving product demand in several end-use industries.

Increasing consumer awareness regarding environment-friendly materials with lower processing costs & enhanced properties are driving product consumption. Automotive & cycle tires, footwear, and other molded rubber goods manufacturers have realized the benefits of recycled & regenerated rubber in these applications.

Increasing natural rubber prices, growing environmental concerns on account of waste rubber disposal in rivers, and higher energy efficiency are other key factors driving reclaimed rubber demand across the globe.

Burgeoning demand for whole tire reclaim (WTR) is anticipated to drive segment volume demand by 42% by 2025.Owing to its versatility, durability, reduced pollution and low processing costs, WTR is expected to witness growth over the forecast period. However, the emergence of innovative elastomer-based products has restricted the full growth potential of this segment.

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High-performance Thermal Pad with Synthesized SGCNTs and Rubber Developed for Mass Production; An innovative thermal interface material (TIM) to address heat generated by servers and power devices

Zeon Corporation (Zeon) (President: Kimiaki Tanaka) has developed for mass production a high-performance thermal pad (thermal interface material*1, or TIM) in a NEDO project by synthesizing SGCNTs (super-growth carbon nanotubes, product name: ZEONANO™ SG101) and rubber. This achievement follows the start of operations at an SGCNT mass production plant in November 2015.

Although the new TIM is in the form of a solid pad, it achieves lower heat resistance and higher operability and reliability compared to conventional thermal grease. Demand is expected to surge for the material, as it could address the major problem of heat generated by servers and power devices.

In addition, Zeon is constructing a pilot plant for mass production of the new TIM, capitalizing on the results of the project. The plant is scheduled to be completed in December 2016.

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Cellular Rubber Market Analysis and Segments 2015-2025

Cellular rubber, also known as foam rubber is manufactured using a foam agent which creates an air filled matrix structure. They are porous, closed-cell rubbers which are manufactured in accordance with expansion process with the help of gas developing agents. Cellular rubber are based on synthetic or natural rubber which include elastomer and EPDM. The cells in the rubber are not tight and are not linked to each other.

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