Global Tire industry in October

We have just published the October issue of our global tire industry newsletter, and distributed it to subscribers. This 35-page publication brings unique insights into: Impact of environmental inspections on China’s carbon black industry Our (updated) analysis of Michelin’s acquisition of Lehigh Technologies Sailun’s strategy to raise its brand-value in Europe SRI’s roadmap for smart

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Natural Rubber risks drive strategic realignments

Here in Guatemala, the fantastic Rubber days meeting has just finished. Measured by volumes, Guatemala is barely even on the map of Natural Rubber (NR) producing nations. But measured by creativity and energy it is up there among the leaders. Guatemala has the first (and I think only) FSC-accredited rubber plantation anywhere in the world.

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Where are natural rubber prices headed?

Downward. Natural rubber (NR) is in mid- to long-term structural over-capacity right now, and the situation is made worse by the short- to mid-term turmoil in China’s tire industry. I’m not saying anything new here. The trade has been awash with speculation about how far down the price of rubber can go for the last

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Thailand to release 200,000 tons of stockpiled rubber

Thailand’s Agriculture Ministry plans to release 200,000 tons of rubber stock in an effort to prevent oversupply as the new rubber tapping season is approaching. According to Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Yukol Limlaemthong, the ministry is set to unload huge stocks of rubber products, adding that it is better that the

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Indian production of NR down; production of SR up

India’s Rubber Board has published its Rubber Statistical News for February 2014, which covers the period up to November 2013. Statistics suggest a fall of 10.2% in the production of natural rubber to 524000 tonnes from April to November 2013 throughout India when compared with previous year’s result. During the same period, consumption of natural

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Rubber plantations and child labour

A report from Denmark says child labour is being used to tap rubber. As part of their CSR policies, tire companies are asking their suppliers to provide a 100% guarantee that no child labour is used in the production of rubber. Such guarantees are all but impossible. Most rubber is produced by smallholdings. These can

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