Q&A: ContiTech focusing on cross-industrial rubber

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In this Q&A interview, Dr Wolfram Herrmann, head of R&D materials at ContiTech AG, addresses challenges and opportunities facing the rubber products industry.

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Bosch sees car production falling 5% in 2019: Reuters

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Auto supplier Robert Bosch has revised its forecast for automotive production on Saturday, expecting a 5% fall this year, bigger than an earlier estimate for a 3% decline, the company’s chief financial officer told Boersen-Zeitung. As a result Bosch would not be able to achieve an earnings before interest and taxes margin of 7% as it did last year, Stefan Asenkerschbaumer told the newspaper.

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Improving Brazilian NR competitiveness

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The Brazilian Natural Rubber Productive Chain has evolved a lot over the last 30 years. The country has planted about 250,000 hectares (of which just over 150,000 are in production).

Good productivity levels

Despite the average Brazilian productivity, according to the National Institute of Statistics (IBGE) data, the regions where the crop advances the most have good productivity levels. It is revealed that there is still a lot of potential for improvement.

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NR supply crunch hits manufacturing

The widening demand-supply gap in natural rubber in India, coupled with restrictions on import of the commodity, threatens to hit the tyre and non-tyre manufacturing sector badly. The drastic fall in production is particularly worrisome to rubber MSMEs who can hardly afford the high import duty and many have gone out of existence for want of raw material

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ANRPC expects rubber-price gains as output lags demand

Kuala Lumpur – Global production of natural rubber (NR) totalled 3.954 million tonnes during the first four months of 2019, the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has reported.

The level represented a decline of 5.1%, from 4.165 million tonnes, recorded during the same period in previous year, said a 30 June ANRPC statement.

World consumption of NR, meanwhile, improved over the four months to April: up 1.0% year-to-year to 4.591 million tonnes, the association noted.

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Tire & Rubber Summit 2019: Suppliers ready to overcome tire industry challenges

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TORONTO—Raw material suppliers face various challenges in providing tire makers with the quality and quantity of materials they need. But they are more than prepared to meet those challenges.

This was the message representatives from three raw materials sectors—carbon black, natural rubber and synthetic rubber—had for attendees at “Driving to the Future,” the 2019 Tire & Rubber Summit sponsored by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.

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LSR resin shortages emerge as demand for silicone grows

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EXTON, Pa.—Liquid silicone rubber, used in automotive, medical and other markets, is growing so quickly that molders are experiencing resin shortages, according to Rick Ziebell, vice president of technology for R.D. Abbott Co. Inc.

Ziebell, the first speaker at an April 9-11 open house at Boy Machine Inc. in Exton, called the shortages “the elephant in the room.”

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Cambodia’s rubber exports show 23% increase, but prices decline

Cambodia’s rubber exports increased 23 per cent in the first quarter of this year on the same period last year, while rubber prices continue to decrease, according to figures from the General Directorate of Rubber under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The data showed the Kingdom exported 48,192 tonnes of rubber in the first quarter of this year, a 23 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, with an average price of $1,279 per tonne, a 12 per cent decrease.

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Outlook bright for carbon black?

Can major manufacturers continue on the track of strong market growth and investment seen last year?

After a period of strong demand and tightness of supply the carbon black market showed signs of cooling towards the end 2018.

Birla Carbon president Europe & Africa, John Davidson is detecting “cautious optimism” in his region for the rest of the year, with predictions of 1-2% growth in Europe.

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Thailand expected to delay start of cuts in rubber exports due to election

JAKARTA: Thailand, the world’s top natural rubber producer, will delay the start of planned curbs on exports of the commodity by over a month due to the general election in the country, officials from two other nations that are also making cuts said on Monday. Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, which together form the Tripartite Rubber […]

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