Bridgestone Collaborating with NRGene on Guayule Research

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Top rubber producers say Natural Rubber price trend not reflective of fundamentals

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KUALA LUMPUR: The region’s top traditional rubber producers – Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia – believe the current low price of natural rubber (NR) does not reflect the economic fundamentals that affect it. ITRC member countries account for 65% of global natural rubber (NR) production and 72% of world NR exports. A statement issued by the…

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Under 40: Capable hands hold rubber industry’s future

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Those who are worried the rubber industry doesn’t have enough youth to carry the sector’s torch forward can rest easy. Based on the 28 members of the Rubber & Plastics News Under 40 class, the future of the industry is in good hands.

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