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Tyres made from dandelions? Welcome to the future of rubber!

The roadside flower often considered as a pest now has a bright future in the tyre industry.

What is rubber, what is it used for, what are the alternatives??

Tire makers such as Bridgestone Corp and Continental AG are spending millions of dollars on the development of new rubber-yielding crops such as dandelions to reduce their reliance on rubber-tree plantations in Southeast Asia. Here are key facts about the rubber trade and the research into new sources of natural rubber.

Tyre makers race to turn dandelions into rubber Dandelion native to Kazakhstan yields tyre-grade rubber

MUENSTER, Germany: Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport.

Cool in a koozie

Our columnist decides to find out once and for all how useful a beer koozie actually is.

Cool in a koozie

Our columnist decides to find out once and for all how useful a beer koozie actually is.

Indian tyre demand may help revive global rubber prices

MUMBAI: A revival in India's auto industry could lift imports of natural rubber for making tyres by a quarter this fiscal year, which would take inbound shipments to a record and may provide some support for global prices languishing at multi-year lows.

Kossan looks past oversupply fears

DATUK Lim Kuang Sia, who founded Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd some 35 years ago, isn’t a fan of how “glut” has been used to describe the rubber glove sector.

Planners and officers must go to the ground

Officers must make turun padang part and parcel of their duties to disseminate the message and mechanism of new development policies.

Rapid boost for tyre makers

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s tyre manufacturers are unable at the moment to meet the demands of the national automotive industry because of non-competitive raw material prices.

How the Felda scheme changed the lives of thousands of settlers

The Felda Model was introduced to improve livelihoods on the earnings from palm oil. Today, many Malaysians in rural areas are enjoying the fruits of their labour.