Asian Powertrain Conference 2018: A Big Success
Apollo Tyres' Q2 sales up 23%, driven by Indian operations
BKT to build $100 million tyre manufacturing plant in US
GRI launches Radial Flotation Tire in Sri Lanka


  • The Rubber Board, India, has extended the last date for submitting applications by rubber growers for financial assistance for replanting and new planting under the Rubber Plantation Development Scheme up to December 31, 2018. Applications are invited for plantings done in 2017. In the traditional rubber growing area of Kerala & Tamil Nadu, growers whose […]

  • The world consumption of natural rubber grew 6.6%, on a year-to-year basis, to 10.653 million tonnes from January to September 2018, while the world production recorded a slower growth at 1.5% to 9.779 million tonnes during the period. This resulted in a supply deficit of 874,000 tonnes during the period, says the Association of Natural […]


  • Onkar S Kanwar, Chairman, Apollo Tyres Ltd, was recently honoured by the governments of Japan and Hungary for his contributions to strengthening India’s economic relations with these two countries. The Government of Japan, in its 2018 Autumn Imperial Decorations, conferred upon Kanwar the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. He received this […]

  • Former Chief Sustainability Officer for Covestro, a manufacturer of high-tech polymer materials, Richard Northcote has died aged 58. Covestro embraced the UN sustainable development goals, helping to launch innovative products and technologies that reduce environmental impact under his leadership. He was also passionate about a project to produce solar dryers and refrigerators that enabled small […]

Market Watch

  • The Rubber Processing Chemicals Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $3.5 billion to over $5.3 billion by 2024; as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights, Inc. Global rubber processing chemicals market will be primarily driven by the rapidly increasing automobile industry. According to the latest […]

  • In spite of positives like reduction of GST on 88 goods and better corporate results, stocks of most Indian tyre majors suffered steep decline due to depreciation of Indian rupee to record low, rising crude oil prices, increasing worries over escalating US-China trade spat etc. During the period August 27, 2018 and October 15, 2018, […]


  • By Dr. Tran Thi Thuy Hoa: Badly hit by prolonged drop in natural rubber (NR) prices, Vietnam, the world’s third largest NR producer, plans to boost domestic consumption by promoting the manufacturing of rubber products such as tyres, gloves, automobile spare parts etc for both domestic and export markets Globally, […]

  • The escalating US-China tariff war has serious implications for the Indian tyre & rubber industry as the US is India’s biggest market for rubber products as well as the largest tyre export destination, while China is its largest import partner. It may open the possibility of China considering India as […]


  • With manufacturing facilities in 3 different locations in India, JG Chemicals today is the country’s No. 1 producer of various grades of high-quality Zinc Oxide and the preferred supplier to all the leading Indian as well as foreign companies operating in India J G Chemicals Private Limited (JGC), a part of the renowned BDJ Group, […]

  • The Semperit Group has invested EUR 27 million in its latest expansion at the Semperflex Optimit location in Odry, Czech Republic. With this expansion, the company’s production capacity has increased to 100 million metres of high-quality hoses, which are used in the construction and transport industries, in mines as well as in various agricultural machines. […]

  • GRI has become the first industrial tyre manufacturer to deploy a tyre endurance tester at its facility in Sri Lanka. This modern piece of equipment evaluates all tyres produced, with respect to their strength profile in connection with the expected level of performance, the company says. The endurance tester is specialized in testing tyres under […]

  • Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), one of the leading Off-Highway tyre manufacturers headquartered in India, has announced its plans to set up a new tyre manufacturing plant in the United States which will serve not only the US markets but the entire American region. This new production site will be the multinational group’s first manufacturing site […]


  • Rubber applications are growing globally due to growth in automotive ownership and industrial production. However, a combination of global demand growth and limited capacity expansion in carbon black (CB) is leading to tighter industry utilization rates globally, says Toon Howe Tan, Vice President & Regional Director Asia Pacific at Cabot Corporation. In an interview to […]

  • The LORD Corporation has been serving the global rubber industry for over six decades. Its expertise in rubber field offers innovative solutions to meet the disruptive demands in automotive, power generation, civil engineering, mining, aerospace, military, oil and gas, and industrial applications. In an interview to Rubber Asia, Gareth McAllister, President, Asia Pacific, at LORD […]

  • Malaysia has emerged as the glove capital of the world thanks to its strong rubber Research and Development, entrepreneurship of the investors and the Government support. In an exclusive interview to Rubber Asia during the recently held International Rubber Glove Conference, Sankara N Nair, Chiarman of the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB), says that having established […]


  • By Adam Gosling: Why do humans always choose to look with eyes shut when considering tyres, personal safety and the safety of other road users? The novel Catch 22 by Joseph Heller details the quandary a military serviceman found himself in where he knew what he was doing was crazy, […]


  • You can soon expect to drive your car on tyres that have the same colour as your vehicle and that need inflating only once a year. Dr Sabu Thomas, Professor of Polymer Engineering and Nanotechnology and Vice-Chancellor in charge of MG University, Kottayam, Kerala, and his team have successfully developed […]

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