Natural Rubber (NR) was included in the 2017 list of critical raw matrials for the European Union. NR was the only biotic raw material to be included in the 27 raw materials that passed the assessment. The 2017 criticality assessment was carried out for 61 candidate materials (58 individual materials and 3 material groups for a total of 78 materials). The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has contributed to the process of revision of the Critical Raw Material List and welcomed the inclusion of NR in the list.
Availability and unimpeded access to raw materials is one of the essential conditions for industry to operate and is therefore a key subject of work for ETRMA. The new Critical Raw Material List was adopted by the College of Commissioners on September 13, 2017 and communicated as part of the EU industrial strategy on September 18 as an essential element. The 2017 List is valid for three years.
“This is an important step for our sector. Natural rubber will receive proper political attention and
consequent support when dealing with issues related to the supply of natural rubber. It is our hope that the inclusion of natural rubber on the list will strengthen the competitiveness of the rubber industry, stimulate the production of natural rubber also beyond traditional producing countries, increase awareness of potential raw material supply risks and support the efforts of European Commission when negotiating trade agreements, in order to challenge potential trade distortion measures,” said Cinaralp, Secretary General, ETRMA.