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Making rubber more elastic

Secured domestic latex supply, new growth areas key for the future.


Thai govt seeks investors for Rubber City

It hopes projects will help boost rubber prices and triple local consumption


MARDEC ponders options for listing

Rubber conglomerate MARDEC Bhd is preparing for a listing on the Bursa Malaysia main board within the next one to two years.


Malaysian rubber riding high on China market

THE China market, which seems to favour Malaysia's natural rubber (NR), is attracting increased interest from players in the Malaysian rubber products industry.


Woes of rubber tappers go beyond minimum wage

The National Union of Plantation Workers (NUPW) has achieved one of its long cherished goals: to secure a minimum monthly pay for its members. But the woes of rubber tappers go beyond minimum wage, writes Wong Sulong.


Rubber prices head north

NATURAL rubber (NR) prices continued to strengthen in the second quarter of this year, dismissing any sign of weakening as forecasted earlier. This is given global tight supplies and strong demand from major consuming countries.


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.


Thailand to woo US$10bil investments for Rubber City

PETALING JAYA: The Thai government is targeting some US$10bil worth of investments for the Rubber City development located in the Southern Region Industrial Estate of Hat Yai, 946 km south of Bangkok


Obsession for a quieter car finds ex-IRB man a niche

GENERALLY, men love cars. In 2007, The Secret Life of Cars and What They Reveal About Us study in the UK revealed male drivers considered their vehicles to be a part of themselves.


Rubber glove prices may rise this year

KAMUNTING: Rubber gloves from Malaysia are likely to cost more this year as latex prices are expected to go up. The price of rubber gloves is expected to rise following the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries' announcement recently that it was considering fixing latex prices at a 'reasonable level' of US$2.60 per kg, an increase of about 33% from about US$1.95 per kg currently.