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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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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
In an exclusive interview to Rubber Asia, Dr Chairil Anwar, the newly appointed CEO of the Bangkok-based International Rubber Consortium (IRCo), says that in the next decade, ITRC/IRCo will play a greater role in ensuring sustainability and remunerative prices for smallholders as well as providing fair and less volatile NR prices for the consumers.
As the CEO of IRCo, my priorities are inline with and supportive of the objectives and goals of ITRC/IRCo.
In 2001, world’s three major producers of natural rubber (NR), namely Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, signed a Declaration to establish a tripartite cooperation in rubber under the framework of the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC). The objectives of this cooperation are ensuring sustainable NR production and implementing relevant measures in achieving remunerative NR prices for the well-being of the rubber smallholders.
ITRC is committed in helping millions of rubber smallholders who …
The natural rubber market is anticipated to continue struggling due to plunging prices, according to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC). A worker of Cu Mgar Rubber Company harvests latex. At its 10th annual meeting in HCM City on Monday, ARNPC said the global natural rubber market has been facing difficulties since 2012.