Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) Director Dr James Jacob has assured that the facilities and capabilities of RRII are open for Indian rubber industry and collaborative efforts are essential to commercialise the innovations of the institute. He was speaking at the National Rubber Conference (2017 Rubcon) themed Rubber Products Manufacturing: Synergising Competencies at the RRII premises recently.

RRII Joint Director Dr Siby Varghese, in his presentation, pointed out the achievements made by RRII by joining hands with the defence sector, Kochi Metro, BHEL, Indian Railways etc. He also gave a brief account of the research and development projects of the institute and the innovations made by it in the fields of primary processing, value addition, latex and dry rubber technology.
Dr Siby described the facilities available with RRII for testing and certification of rubber products at national and international standards, quality control measures, reverse engineering, product development etc.

Speaking at the conference, Toms Joseph, Joint Director, Economic Research, RRII said that the balance of trade with ASEAN in rubber and rubber products are highly unfavorable to India.

“Part of this could be attributed to import through the Free Trade Agreement Channel with tariff concession. The fact remains that we cannot stay out of these Trade Agreements, but should anticipate further liberalisation. Attaining Global Competitiveness becomes critical in this scenario,” he added.