August 2012

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Rubber Journal Asia

E-Magazine for the Rubber Industry
Rubber industry on a fast track

THROUGH upstream R&D activities, Malaysiaís rubber industry will continue to expand its production with a target of reaching an output of 2 million tonnes of natural rubber and contributing RM52.9 billion to the countryís coffers by 2020. The introduction of an automatic rubber tapping system, roll out of mobile service applications and rubber yield programmes are all expected to help upgrade the sector, said Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) Director-General Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad, in an interview with PRA recently.

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Schulman buys and sells in the US

US compounder A. Schulman is acquiring privately-owned ECM Plastics for $36.5 million and has also sold its vinyl chloride compounding facility in Bellevue, OH, to Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical.

ECM Plastics, which provides custom colour matching, speciality additive formulations and compounding, generates US$40 million in annual sales. Schulman says that ECM will provide strong synergies when combined with its current masterbatch and engineered plastics businesses. This is especially since the firm has undertaken this shift to higher-value products in engineered plastics, specialised colour and masterbatch to serve the volume automotive market.