Indian Rubber Board in association with Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) organises a two-day National Conference on Rubber Products Manufacturing at Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) at Kottayam, Kerala on July 28 , 29. Kerala  Chief Secretary Nalini Netto will inaugurate the conference.
Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce under the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Alok Vardhan Chathurvedi will preside over the function. Kerala Agricultural Production Commissioner and Principal Secretary Teeka Ram Meena IAS,  KSIDC  Managing Director  Dr M  Beena IAS,  Rubber Board Executive Director  A Ajith Kumar IAS,  RRII  Director  Dr. James Jacob will also speak.

The theme of the conference is Rubber Products Manufacturing: Synergising Competencies. The conference is aimed at offering updates on new developments in processing, product innovations, chemicals etc. Opportunities and issues of new entrepreneurs in rubber industry will be debated in the panel discussions. The experiences of rubber products manufacturers will be shared at the conference which will also discuss the impact of GST and ASEAN Agreement on rubber industry.

“Stakeholders in the rubber sector such as tyre and non tyre product manufacturers, latex processors, raw material suppliers and consumers of various rubber products can benefit from the conference. Public sector undertakings including the defence sector, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Petroleum industries, Indian Railways, transport sector, agro-machinery industries etc are also expected to participate in the conference. Senior officials of industry departments of Tripura, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha will also address the delegates during various sessions,” said Rubber Board in a statement.

RRII conducts research in various aspects of natural rubber production, processing and product manufacturing. There are focused projects on developing energy efficient processes for filler incorporation, development of cost effective fillers, new devulcanisation process etc. taken in collaboration with industries and the academia. The NABL accredited laboratory of RRII supports rubber industry by offering testing as per national and international standards and development of rubber products.