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Global tire manufacturers sign initiative to end global deforestation

11/9/2018 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Environmental groups welcomed an initiative by global tire manufacturers to stop the destruction of forests to make way for rubber plantations, but warned that the industry-backed organization must act independently to be effective, as reported by Thomson Reuters Foundation. The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), which includes Michelin and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., will begin operations in March at its headquarters in Singapore, according to a statement from the organization. Rubber demand has risen over the last 20 years as emerging markets like China and India have become wealthier, with more people able to buy cars and motorcycles, which has driven deforestation, according to environmental groups. “We are already seeing new rubber plantations pushing into natural forests,” said Rod Taylor, a director at the World Resources Institute in Geneva. He said the launch of the GPSNR was “timely,” but warned that its decision-making process must include input from people who are not directly involved in the rubber industry, but are affected by it. “The platform will need to ensure it is truly independent, and all key stakeholders have a place at the table, to craft solutions that are fair and really do protect the environment,” Taylor said by email. Rubber plantations cover about 11 million hectares around the world, two-thirds of which are in Southeast Asia, while annual expansion rates roughly doubled between 2003-2013, researchers said earlier this year. To mitigate the ill effects of the sector’s expansion, the GPSNR pledged to work against deforestation and “land-grabbing,” protect biodiversity and water, and improve transparency in the supply chain. Such policies could have a powerful impact, if they are actually implemented, said Himlal Baral, a senior scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia. “Having anything sustainable is definitely a good thing,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “But the commitments they are talking about and what they are doing should match. We need to see action; that is important.” One challenge will be regulating rubber producers, which range from large estates to about 6 million small farmers globally, said Andy Thompson, a senior counsel for sustainability at the tire company Bridgestone in Nashville. “It is a rather complex supply chain,” he said. The tire industry already consumes about 70 percent of the world’s natural rubber supply, and demand is growing, according to the GPSNR. The 18 founding members of the platform account for about 65 percent of the world’s tire manufacturing, Thompson said. The GPSNR follows similar initiatives in industries such as coffee, palm oil and cocoa, which have had mixed success. Advocacy groups have criticised the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, for example, accusing the global watchdog organization of failing to prevent human rights abuses and deforestation.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Rogers Corporation introduces FDA compliant UHMW-PE films for specialty hoses - click to expand

Ohio Rubber Group holds winter technical meeting January 29 - click to expand

Global industrial rubber market forecast to reach $167 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Rubber Division, ACS, requests nominations for the 2020 Science & Technology Awards - click to expand

Global synthetic rubber market forecast with a CAGR of 5.5 percent through 2025 - click to expand

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Retread tires market to grow at a CAGR of 4.6 percent through 2028 - click to expand

Preferred Compounding acquires Valley Rubber Mixing and Glo-Mold - click to expand

Freudenberg BlueSeal helps trucks and SUVs - click to expand

Goodyear declares quarterly dividend of 16 cents per share - click to expand

RISE project shows the profitability of extracting oil from tires - click to expand

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Europe and CIS tire market forecast at $51 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Indonesia is ready to coordinate with Thailand and Malaysia to address declining rubber prices - click to expand

Anne Forristall Luke elected vice chair of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) board of directors - click to expand

Falken Tire's ZIEX ZE001 A/S selected as factory standard tire for Subaru's Crosstrek hybrid - click to expand

Global rubber glove market forecast to reach $7.3 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Monday, January 14, 2019

Goodyear to present at Deutsche Bank Auto Industry Conference - click to expand

Global injection molding machine market size forecast at $22.45 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Cooper Tire to present at Deutsche Bank 2019 Global Auto Industry Conference - click to expand

Zeon establishes Czech subsidiary to sell raw materials for auto parts - click to expand

China to establish a rubber based free trade zone in Sri Lanka - click to expand

Friday, January 11, 2019

Shin-Etsu plans $23 million expansion of its Akron, OH, silicone facility - click to expand

Goodyear to webcast its presentation at the 2019 Wolfe Research Global Auto Industry Conference - click to expand

Abstracts solicited for 2019 International Elastomer Conference - click to expand

Book of the Day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers - click to expand

ARPM creates digital training modules for rubber manufacturers - click to expand

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Rex Gauge introduces the DD-5 digital durometer - click to expand

Falken Tires selected as original equipment supplier for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - click to expand

TA Instruments introduces high sensitivity pressure cell for the ARES-G2 rheometer - click to expand

Silicone film market forecast to reach $1 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Market Reports

Agricultural and food grade rubber conveyor belt market to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% through 2028 - click to expand

Global silica for S-SBR market forecast with a CAGR of 7.2% through 2028 - click to expand

Silicone to lead the wearable materials market forecast at $2.9 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Global industrial rubber market forecast to reach $167 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Global synthetic rubber market forecast with a CAGR of 5.5% through 2025 - click to expand

Aircraft elastomers market to grow at CAGR Of 5.1% through 2023 - click to expand

Retread tires market to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% through 2028 - click to expand

Europe & CIS tire market is forecast at $51 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Global rubber glove market forecast to reach $7.3 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Global injection molding machine market size forecast at $22.45 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Silicone film market forecast to reach $1 billion by 2023 - click to expand

Global water-based adhesive market forecast to reach $21.3 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Global market for liquid silicone rubber forecast at $7.9 billion by 2026 - click to expand

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