KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The world supply of natural rubber fell 8.3% to 5.85 million metric tons during the first half of 2019 versus the same 2018 period, according to figures released by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon—Halcyon Agri, the world’s largest natural rubber producing company, is undertaking a major project in Cameroon to address sustainability and human rights issues at its operations there.
SINGAPORE—Seventy-five years after its founding, the International Rubber Study Group continues to evolve as an analytical, statistical and forecasting body serving the natural and synthetic rubber industries, according to its current secretary general.
That was the message from Whitney Luckett, founding president of Southland Rubber USA—which produces 200,000 metric tons of latex annually throughout its six manufacturing sites—at the 2019 International Latex Conference, held recently in Fairlawn, Ohio.
Hanover, Germany – Michelin, Continental and French farming software company Smag are to set up a joint venture business to improve the sustainability of the natural rubber (NR) supply chain.
Rubberway, said Michelin and Conti in separate statement 12 Sept, is a “technical platform” – mobile application – that identifies and evaluates practices and risks related to the sustainability the entire NR supply chain, from rubber-processing plants downstream to plantations upstream.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Global production of natural rubber fell 6.5% through the first five months of 2019 to 4.93 million metric tons, according to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries.
Kuala Lumpur – Global production of natural rubber (NR) fell 6.5% year-on-year to 4.93 million tonnes in the first five months of 2019, according to the latest figures released by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC).
World NR consumption for the five months to end of May rose 0.9% to 5.789 million tonnes, creating a shortfall of just under 860,000 tonnes, ANRPC announced in a 20 Aug statement.
The Indian natural rubber (NR) industry is passing through one of the worst ever crises of late mainly on account of the steep fall in prices, shortage of skilled labour and climatic vagaries. Dr K N Raghavan IRS, who has taken charge recently as the Executive Director of Rubber Board, India, has ambitious plans to increase NR production and productivity to achieve the target of 7,50,000 MT kept for 2019-20 by involving the Rubber Producers Societies (RPS’s) in this effort in a major way. In an exclusive interview to Rubber Asia, he elaborates on these plans and discusses many other crucial issues facing the Indian NR industry. All avenues are being explored to increase the area under rubber cultivation and to take NR production to new heights, he says.
SINGAPORE—Global Rubber Industries, the Colombo, Sri Lanka-based maker of agricultural, construction and other specialty tires, has joined the Panel of Associates of the International Rubber Study Group.
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.