Downside of weight reduction

By Peter Taylor The most recent round of anti-dumping duties on the Chinese truck tyres by the US has put the Chinese producers into a difficult and costly technical challenge. When they try to re-direct their tyres away from N. America to the European markets, they...

NR plantation sector : Bane of cyclical prices

By Dr DK Joseph Natural rubber contributed almost 45% to the agricultural GDP of Kerala, which accounts for 90% of India’s NR output. The State’s rubber plantation sector has over one million growers and half a million workers. It is the only source of livelihood for...

Industries admit inflating the truth

By Peter Taylor Despite stout denials by the big brands, a few auto and tyre industry players have recently come forward to honestly admit that some of the claims in their brochures were a little bit inflated and that they had manipulated test results . Despite stout...

Challenges facing the NR plantation sector In India

By Santosh Kumar Senior Vice-President, Harrisons Malayalam Ltd (SBU-A) Rubber will bounce back and rubber prices will recover much earlier than being predicted, bringing smiles to the faces of 1.2 million farmers who have invested their life in this crop. The...

Plantation industry in Kerala at a crossroads

By C Vinayaraghavan President(SBU-B), Harrisons Malayalam Ltd(HML), and Chairman of Association of Planters of Kerala (APK) Factors such as low price realisation, high cost of production, high taxation and social cost, low labour productivity, shortage of workforce,...