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Bridgestone Opts for Guayule Plant Use in Rubber Production

on Friday, 05 December 2014. Posted in Weekly News

Bridgestone Opts for Guayule Plant Use in Rubber Production

Bridgestone American Inc. has taken interest in guayule, a perennial shrub native to southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. The tire manufacturer aims to incorporate the shrub as a replacement for rubber tree plant use.

Hevea brasiliensis, commonly known as the rubber tree plant, has been used in producing tires, garments, textile manufacturing and more. Tire manufacturing makes up almost 60% of the general percentage of natural rubber consumption.

Due to Bridgestone’s initiative in pursuing 100% sustainable materials for use in tire production, the company has chosen to advance the manufacturing process with the use of the guayule plant. The guayule plant is chemically identical with the hevea plant but requires an entirely different processing technique. It would take 5 years for a fully-grown hevea plant to initiate rubber production unlike the guayule plant which only takes about 2 years to begin rubber harvesting.

“It’s not a sustainable situation. With hevea production so geographically concentrated, there are a whole host of factors we can’t control. … All it takes is the wrong trans-Pacific flight and somebody walking in the wrong dirt on one end to be a disease vector,” stated Bill Niaura, director of Bridgestone’s new business development.

Bridgestone is set to establish its very own Rubber Process Research Center in Mesa, Arizona in response to their growing interest in cultivating guayule plants. Halting dependence on foreign natural rubber suppliers is included in Bridgestone’s plan as they move forward with guayule genetic fiddling experiments to increase rubber weight percentage. Bridgestone plans to encourage American farmers to start growing the guayule crop in multitudes as they seek to understand and initiate the production of tires made of the said plant in the early 2020s.

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EUROMAP Issues Energy Label for Plastics and Rubber Machinery

on Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in Weekly News

EUROMAP Issues Energy Label for Plastics and Rubber Machinery

EUROMAP, a renowned association of European plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers, has designed a new standardized energy efficiency label which can be used for extrusion blow moulding machines and injection moulding machines.

This energy efficiency label encapsulates the company’s initiative in providing technical recommendations that meet the current trends and key requirements in the plastics and rubber machinery industry. The label’s design includes a triangular figure, energy efficiency class number, machine manufacturer, designation, and used Euromap standard as well as used test cycle if requires more than one recommendation.

In the previous years, machinery makers use their own labels to illustrate energy efficiency classes, this inspired EUROMAP in creating a common neutral label. “The development of a common and neutral label will enable manufacturers to present the efficiency classes of their machines transparent and comparable for customers,” said Euromap.

The advent of this EUROMAP label introduced a smart solution for the rubber and plastic industry’s neglected challenges. With the same end goal as EUROMAP, Mid-American Machine is a dedicated provider of heavy machinery repair and refurbishment services suited for diverse industries including tire and rubber, chemicals and plastic, civil structural and more. Learn more of our comprehensive range of leading-edge industrial solutions at www.mid-americanmachine.com/services.

Chinese Investors Encouraged to Establish Rubber Processing Plants in Thailand

on Wednesday, 17 December 2014. Posted in Weekly News

Chinese Investors Encouraged to Establish Rubber Processing Plants in Thailand

Thailand is currently urging Chinese investors to build rubber processing plants within the country in light of China’s recent rubber import decline. Areas in Thailand such as the Hat Yai District, Chalung Industrial Estate in Chalung Subdistrict and the Songkhla Province are being eyed by the country’s government as potential sites to house the rubber factories.

4 million tonnes of rubber is produced in Thailand each year, 500,000 of which are apportioned for domestic use while the other 3.5 million tonnes are allotted for exports. Out of the 3.5 million tonnes of the exported rubber, 2 million tonnes are being sent to the Chinese market. Over the past two years, China has reduced their processed rubber orders from Thailand to pursue contract rubber farming in Cambodia. The decreased orders have led to an increase in unsold rubber stocks in Thailand and a sudden decrease in rubber prices.

As a solution, the Thai government is deploring efforts to increase domestic rubber demand and avoid the rise of stocked rubber along with declining rubber sales. By supporting the rise of Chinese rubber plants in the country, the Thailand government will be assured that China will export Thai rubber to their manufacturing plants and to various countries as well.

Among the many investment incentives for China would be additional tax deduction through the investment promotional privileges as suggested by Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI).

Thailand expects both foreign and local investors to establish rubber processing plants in the country to produce 0.5 to 1 milion tonnes of rubber per year. French tire manufacturer, Michelin has already built a manufacturing plant in the Chalung Industrial Estate while local rubber glove manufacturer, Sri-Trang Agro-Industry Public Company has already put up an investment for the soon-to-be-established 277-acre land Rubber City.

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Timberland Partners with Omni United to Bring Versatile Tire-Brand in the Market

on Friday, 26 December 2014. Posted in Weekly News

Timberland Partners with Omni United to Bring Versatile Tire-Brand in the Market

The world-renowned footwear and clothing brand, Timberland, has recently partnered with Omni United to bring fashionably-designed tire products in the market. The company’s huge leap in the tire and rubber industry exhibits a distinct potential for its highly established brand name.

Omni United specializes in the design and distribution of sustainable products and service solutions that meet the tire market requirements. The all-new Timberland tires will now be featured by Omni United alongside six key tire brands including Radar, Goodride, Birla Tyres, Speedways, Roadlux and Corsa.

With the shared values for environmental and social responsibility, Timberland and Omni United redefined a new standard for sustainable innovation in the tire industry. “We want to bring fashion into the tire market. It has been a successful model in other industries. We want to change the perception of tires with the average consumer,” said Sagra Maceira, Omni United advisory board member.

The next-generation Timberland tires are engineered with both domestic and imported materials to meet safety and quality standards. These tires guarantee superior road performance, traction and comfort handling, as well as covers 50,000, 65,000 and 80,000 mile warranties on varying vehicle types. In addition, this premium line also features a rubber formulation ideal for recycling worn-out tires into the outsoles of Timberland® shoes.

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Chinese Rubber Manufacturers Surveyed Potential Processing Plant in Thailand

on Friday, 09 January 2015. Posted in Weekly News

Chinese Rubber Manufacturers Surveyed Potential Processing Plant in Thailand

Representatives from leading rubber manufacturers and government agencies in China have recently visited and surveyed a potential rubber processing site in Thailand. The group discussed future investments that await Thai companies and consumers.

Thailand has been a primary rubber producer and exporter in China and other third-world countries. However, the country faces declining prices of rubber, directly affecting the livelihood of several rubber farmers. As a proactive effort, the China Cereals, Oils, and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) facilitated a discussion with the Thai government regarding possible rice purchases.

The impending agreement provides a great opportunity in solving the issue on rubber pricing and in promoting the growth of the rubber industry. “Thailand was prompted to facilitate investment from Chinese rubber firms, as they will transfer technology and should help encourage a rubber price hike as demand spurts for domestic manufacturing,” said Commerce Minister, Chatchai Sarikulya.

At present, China has already established two large-scale rubber tire production plants in Rayong. The first Thai tire factory started its operations in February 2014 while the second is scheduled to start full operations in May 2015. A number of Chinese entrepreneurs in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), agricultural processing, medical equipment, and locomotives also expressed great interest in expanding their businesses in Thailand.

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