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IT is an established fact that rubber smallholders, over decades of their existence, have been subjected to boom and bust cycles as characterised by vagaries of widely fluctuating rubber prices. They are at the mercy and held to ransom by rubber prices, over which they have no influence or control whatsoever.
Rubber eraser manufacturer Armcrest Industries has found a new lease on life with an ingenious new product called rubber clay, which can be used for modelling and even to make artwork on canvas. MEK ZHIN investigates.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) is planning to launch a second edition of strategies for the local rubber industry within the next few months in view of the new challenges and prolonged issues in the thriving industry, according to director-general Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad.
BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed government agencies to expedite their purchase of natural rubber in the local market as part of a bid to boost domestic demand and help prop up falling prices, a government spokesman said.
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
BEIJING: China has approved a new standard for compound rubber that cuts the amount of natural rubber allowed in the formula, a move that is expected hurt major producers in Thailand and Malaysia, analysts and traders said.