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   Getting to Know Synthetic Rubber
Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) is a species of rubberwood, which is native to rainforests in the Amazon region of Brazil, South America. The important rubber plantation area is in the Malay Peninsula due to the favorable weather and topography, causing the rubber to have been widely cultivated across the area since 1882. Natural rubber serves as an important raw material in rubber products such as tires, rubber gloves, bags, condoms, shoe soles, and automotive parts, etc. Later, during World War I, natural rubber distribution routes were cut off, causing a severe shortage of natural rubber issues. Therefore, there had been researching and development of synthetic rubber, which is a by-product of oil to replace natural rubber. Currently, due to the growth of the automobile industry, natural rubber is insufficient. As a result, synthetic rubber has greatly increased production. Moreover, the industry demands rubber with specific features such as oil resistance, high wear resistance, and high-temperature resistance, etc.

Natural rubber and synthetic rubber are all significant to the rubber raw material-related industries. Moreover, both are required to be used together in many products for the benefit of quality and to meet the needs of products. Furthermore, it can be used interchangeably in various cases. In terms of production comparing, natural rubber is agricultural production with environmentally friendly, as well as creating sustainability for all relevant sectors. Meanwhile, synthetic rubber is an industrial production that requires high investment. Moreover, it causes harmful effects on the environment. However, natural rubber yields are uncertain. It depends on the weather conditions. In contrast, synthetic rubber quality and yield can be controlled. Therefore, synthetic rubber price does not fluctuate, unlike natural rubber.  
The total of world rubber production in 2020 was 24.70 million tons, including 12.60 million tons of natural rubber and 12.10 million tons of synthetic rubber (the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), 2021). From 2015-2020, natural rubber production tended to increase on average by 1.38%; meanwhile, synthetic rubber production tended to decline on average by 4.10%. In 2020, China was the most synthetic rubber producer with 3.12 million tons (25.82%), followed by the US and the EU with 1.86 million tons (15.36%) and 1.70 million tons (14.04%), respectively. In terms of synthetic rubber consumption in 2020, China was the most consumer with 3.86 million tons (32.60%), followed by the US and the EU with 1.74 million tons (14.70%) and 7.71 tons (14.46%), respectively (LMC TYRE & RUBBER, 2021). An average share of natural rubber and synthetic rubber usage was 50.52% per 49.48%

The Thai Rubber Association recognizes the importance of the synthetic rubber movement information occurring around the world because it will directly affect natural rubber. Therefore, the Thai Rubber Association will continue gathering information about synthetic rubber to present to members.

Mr.Chaiyos Sincharoenkul
President
The Thai Rubber Association

Monthly of   July  2021     


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icon 15  September  2021
The Plastics Institute Of Thailand held the "Level Up Rubber Product and Rubber Wood Industries with IoT & Automation" Seminar on September 15, 2021, from 9.00 a.m. - 12 p.m. via Zoom Meeting In this regard, Ms. Piyaporn SaeLim, TRA Manager, and Ms. Suthida Chitwang, TRA staff attended...
Trade Association Seminar and Distinguished Best Trade Association Award 2021
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The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand held Trade Association Seminar and Distinguished Best Trade Association Award 2021 "Together is Power 2021: CONNECT THE DOTS" on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, from 13:00 - 16:00 via Zoom Meeting. In this regard, Ms. Piyaporn SaeLim, TRA Ma..
Trade Environment Committee Meeting on Exports Obstacles
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Thai National Shippers' Council held Trade Environment Committee Meeting on Exports Obstacles on September 9, 2021, from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. via Google Hangout Meet In this regard, Mr. Supadetch Ongsakul, TRA Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Piyaporn SaeLim, TRA Manager, Mr. Phudit Junthawadee, and Ms. Suthi..
The 8th TRA Executive Committee Meeting 2021
icon 27  August  2021
  The Thai Rubber Association held the 8th TRA Executive Committee Meeting 2021 (Online Meeting) at 9.30 a.m.-10.30 a.m. on August 27, 2021, at TRA Meeting Room, the Thai Rubber Association, Hatyai, Songkhla...
27th Assembly of ARBC Meeting and 23rd Economics & Statistics Committee (ESC) Meeting
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The ASEAN Rubber Business Council (ARBC) held 27th Assembly of ARBC Meeting and 23rd Economics & Statistics Committee (ESC) Meeting on 24 August 2021, at 9 a.m. via Google Meet  In this regard, Mr. Supadetch Ongsakul, TRA Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Piyaporn SaeLim, TRA Manager, and Mr. P..
Trade Association Seminar and Distinguished Best Trade Association Award 2021
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Trade Environment Committee Meeting on Exports Obstacles
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The 8th TRA Executive Committee Meeting 2021
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27th Assembly of ARBC Meeting and 23rd Economics & Statistics Committee (ESC) Meeting
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