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, Malaysia’s 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 country’s 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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Chemical industry still holding out

The fact that the global economy is slowing down is not affecting the global chemicals industry, according to German firm Ceresana’s Industry Monitor (CIM).

Despite the economic crisis, some companies have not put a stop to hiring more employees and increasing their investments, except for Eastern and Western Europe, where workforce numbers are to be reduced.

This CIM midsummer survey that was conducted in July 2012 says in general, the industry is realistic about future challenges.

Three of the ten companies interviewed said that the business status is good. Only 16% of the interviewees are expecting that investments will go down while the remaining anticipate that investments will remain steady if not increase with the alternative financing that they have in mind such as leasing (29.5%), shareholder capital (20.5%), and supplier credit (17.2%).