Lanxess to sell stake in Arlanxeo to Saudi Aramco

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COLOGNE, Germany–Lanxess plans to sell its remaining 50 percent stake in Arlanxeo to its joint venture partner Saudi Aramco.

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ANRPC downgrades NR production estimate for 2018

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The world production of natural rubber (NR) rose 4.5 percent, year-over-year, to 6.214 million tonnes during the first-half of 2018. This is inclusive of production from non-ANRPC countries accounting for around 10 percent of the world output, stated the Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics report by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in June 2018.

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Slower rubber production has partly absorbed excess availability, says ANRPC

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The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has released its May 2018 Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics report, which states that the world consumption of natural rubber has increased by 6.2%, year-over-year during the period from January to May 2018.

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First Liberian rubber plant opened

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The first 100 percent Liberian owned rubber plant was inaugurated in the country. The Cooper Rubber Processing Plant (CRPP) will manufacture retreaded tyres, roofing materials, electrical insulators, fixtures PVC pipes, fittings, and rubber gloves. The CRPP plant is located in Blagai, Bomi Highway.

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Natural Rubber production, consumption up in first two months of 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR—Natural rubber production and consumption registered year-on-year growth in the first two months of 2018, according to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries. Production rose 4.3 percent to 2.2 million metric tons, while demand grew 7.5 percent year-on-year to 2.0 million tons for the period, the ANRPC said March 22. During the first […]

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Global NR supply likely at 13.784 million tonnes in 2018, up by 4.5%: ANRPC

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The Natural Rubber (NR) production across the world is anticipated at 13.784 million tonnes in 2018, up 4.5% from 13.196 million tonnes recorded in 2017. The slower production growth in 2018 is mainly due to a lower production anticipated by Thailand at 4.375 million tonnes, down by 1.2% a year ago, said the latest Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics report by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in January 2018.

“However, a 2.8% growth is anticipated for the global demand of NR in 2018. It is expected to grow from 12.964 million tonnes in 2017 to 13.327 million tonnes in 2018. The ANRPC member countries will continue their efforts to encourage more uses of NR in their respective countries, for a better balancing of supply-demand of NR and sustainability of NR industry in the long run,” the report said.

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Editorial: GM sustainable NR efforts off to impressive start

With climate change, deforestation and water becoming increasingly important issues, assuring natural rubber sustainability has become crucial to every industry that depends on NR. And while it’s been less than a year since General Motors pledged to support sustainable rubber production, it’s clear that the auto maker has made progress in this laudable goal.

Of course, tackling this issue isn’t a short-term goal, and one that can’t be done alone. To that end, the Detroit-based automotive giant has worked to gain the support of a wide coalition of allies to the effort. It’s encouraging, as well, to see the effort put forth over the past nine months.

Four of the world’s top tire producers were there last May when GM made its initial announcement, and the auto maker soon after had a prominent role in delivering presentations at Michelin’s advanced mobility conference in Montreal. Then this past November at a meeting of the Tire Industry Project, CEOs of 11 tire makers vowed to take the necessary steps to lead to sustainable NR.

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Bridgestone and Versalis form strategic partnership

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and Versalis are forming a strategic partnership to develop and deploy “a comprehensive technology package to commercialize guayule in the agricultural, sustainable-rubber and renewable-chemical sectors.”

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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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Halcyon Agri completes acquisition of RCMA Polymer Division

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SINGAPORE—Halcyon Agri, a global natural rubber supply chain manager, has completed its acquisition of the assets and entities of the Polymer Division of RCMA Group.

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