Shortage in supply of ‘Carbon Black’ causes crisis in Rubber Industry


An acute shortage of the Carbon Black -a major raw material needed for manufacture of rubber products has caused the crisis in Indian Non-tyre Rubber industry . The shortage has caused the shutting down of a large number of small and medium sized manufacturing units across the nation. All India Rubber Industries Association ( AIRIA ), an industry body of non-tyre rubber products manufacturers, has appealed to the Govt.

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Smithers Rapra: The Future of Rubber Belts and Hoses to 2022


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This new exclusive study assesses the consumption of rubber for the various diverse applications for rubber belts and hoses.

Automotive applications dominate the market, although rail, aerospace and marine are making increasing demands on belts and hoses. Other applications such as oil and gas exploration, food processing, general fluid transfer and conveyor belts are also covered.

The trend towards automated manufacturing is driving the development of sophisticated robots, both belt and/or hydraulically driven.

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Bridgestone Collaborating with NRGene on Guayule Research


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and NRGene, a genomic big data solutions company, are collaborating on research efforts to enhance the company’s U.S. alternative domestic natural rubber breeding program. They will be working in tandem to…

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The US Rubber Industry Challenging Times


The might of the US rubber industry over the years has grown by leaps and bounds. Changing with the times, the region continues to be a major force in terms of rubber and tyre consumption apart from being a major producer and consumer of synthetic rubber (SR), a host of speciality rubber chemicals and home to a booming US$130 billion medical devices market, the largest in the world. The region is also fiercely competitive in all aspects of the wider tyre market — passenger car tyres, truck and bus tyres, agricultural tyres and OTR tyres.

The United States’ rubber industry has an eventful past, a pulsating present and a challenging future. During the late 19th century, Ohio emerged as the leader of rubber production in the United States. Numerous rubber companies 

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Arlanxeo expanding  chloroprene rubber capacity


Maastricht, The Netherlands – Arlanxeo is expanding its global chloroprene rubber (CR) production at the site in Dormagen, Germany, the company announced 22 Jan.

Capacity there will be increased to 70 kilotonnes per annum overall that will be available to the market already during the first quarter of 2019, said a 22 Jan release.

Arlanxeo said it is investing “an upper single-digit million” in the expansion project overall.

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Editorial: Year ending with much uncertainty heading into 2018


The end of any year is not only a time to look back at what happened and why, but also an opportunity to cement plans heading into the new year. Though as the rubber industry heads into 2018, there are many things that currently are uncertain.

A lot of that centers around activities in Washington, where many agenda items remain unsettled that will impact greatly companies in our industry going forward.

Of course, the item at the top of all of the newscasts are the House and Senate tax bills that will have an effect on all companies, big and small.

But that’s hardly the only topic that will be watched closely.

At or near the top of that list for the manufacturing community is the ongoing re-negotiation talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The U.S. currently…

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Linglong Tire setting up firm for dandelion rubber industrialisation


As Linglong Tire notes, China imports more than 80 per cent of the natural rubber its manufacturers use. The company views rubber sourced from dandelions as a potential strategic raw material in the coming years, and in order to promote the industrialisation of dandelion rubber, it plans to invest RMB 30 million (£3.4 million) to set up a new company. The tentative name for this firm is Linglong Dandelion Science and Technology Development Company.

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Rubber Focus: IRSG Briefing Paper on ‘The Rubber Industry of Russia’ now available from IRSG

The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) provides a forum for the discussion of matters affecting the supply and demand for synthetic rubber (SR) and natural rubber (NR). It covers all aspects of the world rubber industry, including marketing, shipping, and distribution, trade in raw materials and the manufacture and sale of rubber goods.

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Natural Rubber classified a ‘critical raw material’ by EU


The importance of unimpeded access to natural rubber has been acknowledged by the European Union, which has added the raw material to its Critical Raw Material List. the decision was made with the support of the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), which contributed to the process of revising the List. 

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Grand finale to RubberTech China & Tire+ Expo 2017


The 17th International Exhibition of Rubber Technology (RubberTech China 2017) and the concurrent International Exhibition on Tire and Aftermarket 2017 Expo (Tire+ Expo) which concluded at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, Shanghai, on September 22, 2017, were a resounding success, with over 600 exhibitors, 30,000 plus visitors and an exhibiting area of 40,000 sqm.

The International Exhibition on Tire and Aftermarket 2017 Expo (Tire+ Expo), the new version of Reifen China, took place concurrently with RubberTech China at the same venue. Reifen China had been organised previously by Messe Essen in partnership with China United Rubber Company (CURC); but after Messe Essen licensed the Reifen China name to Messe Frankfurt, who in turn have opted to use the brand on a tyre pavilion within the large Automechanika Shanghai event, CURC decided to go it alone and produce a new show – Tire+ Expo.

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