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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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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Europa Systems debuts new tire handling tech

The unit features a special double centering device that positions two tires at the same time in the correct place to be picked up by a robot.

 

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ITRC To Focus More On NR Sustainability – Dr. Chairil Anwar, CEO, International Rubber Consortium (IRCo)

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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 …

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Natural rubber market struggles

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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.

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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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Why Kerala is losing its grip on rubber

The Association of Planters of Kerala (APK) has raised concerns over the State’s declining share in national rubber production during the last decade.

APK, in its annual report, pointed out that the production of  in the State in FY17 was 4.55 lakh tonnes (lt) against 4.38 lt in FY16, witnessing only a slight increase of 3.87 per cent.

Kerala’s share has now come down to 69.66 per cent of the national production from around 92 per cent a decade ago.

One of the reasons attributed by the planters’ body was the increase in area under cultivation in non-traditional regions such as North Eastern parts and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and the hilly regions of Gujara.

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