natural rubber

Sumitomo Rubber Focuses on Enzymes in Push to Improve Natural Rubber Supply Through Selective Breeding

Sumitomo Rubber has been working to unravel the mechanisms behind the biosynthesis of natural rubber. The company’s efforts here come as part of a push to improve the yield of the Para rubber tree, which would in turn facilitate a steady supply of natural rubber and improvements to tire performance. Natural rubber is an essential raw material in tires, where...

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Bridgestone Steps up Investment in Guayule-derived Natural Rubber

Bridgestone Americas will step up investment in its guayule plantation in Arizona to ensure a sustainable supply of natural rubber, a raw material for tires. This investment is aimed at the commercialization of guayule-derived natural rubber by 2026, and is expected to amount to approximately US$40 million by 2025. The company will also work with local farmers and Native Americans...

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Bridgestone Reveals Investment Plans for Company-Owned Natural Rubber Plantations in Indonesia

Bridgestone is set to bolster investment in the two natural rubber plantations it owns in Indonesia. Setting its sights on the sustainable supply of natural rubber as a renewable resource, the company aims here to increase the productivity of these natural rubber plantations, with plans to invest some $26.7 million in them by 2030. Bridgestone then intends to leverage the...

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Sumitomo Riko Joins GPSNR for Sustainable Procurement of Natural Rubber

Sumitomo Riko has joined on July 25 the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR). This comes as the company believes that it is necessary to endorse and join the GPSNR policy to ensure the traceability and sustainability of the procurement of natural rubber. GPSNR is an international platform established in October 2018 with the participation of tire manufacturers, automakers,...

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Michelin Promotes Sustainable Natural Rubber Cultivation and Forest Conservation

Michelin has become the sole owner of Royal Lestari Utama (RLU) after purchasing the 51 percent of the joint venture previously held by Barito Pacific Group. RLU is a project initiated in 2015 by Michelin and Indonesian partners that aims to combine sustainable natural rubber cultivation and forest conservation on approximately 70,000 hectares in Jambi, Sumatra, and 18,000 hectares in...

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Sumitomo Rubber Succeeds in Experiment to Improve Natural Rubber

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, in collaboration with partners including Tohoku University, Kanazawa University and Saitama University, has succeeded in an experiment leading to the improvement of natural rubber varieties. The experiment identified the section of a natural rubber synthesizing enzyme that is important for controlling the chain length of natural rubber. By incorporating the section into an enzyme derived from tomatoes,...

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