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Aurelia Gloves responds to FDA ban on powdered surgical gloves  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Aurora, IL - In a final ruling from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the use of powdered surgical and patient examination gloves will be banned in the U.S., effective January 18, 2017. In response, Aurelia Gloves, one of the largest glove manufacturers in the world, issued a statement that they would no longer sell their Vintage lightly powdered latex examination gloves and Indulgence latex powdered honeycomb textured latex examination gloves in the U.S. According to C.K. Tan, vice president, sales and marketing at Supermax Healthcare, the parent company of Aurelia Gloves: "We've been the preferred provider of high-quality examination gloves in North America for nearly 20 years. Although we'll be discontinuing two of our product lines in the U.S., we have an extensive line of innovative nitrile and latex powder free gloves that serve as excellent alternatives." Tan identified four Aurelia brands that can substitute for the company's discontinued products: Vibrant latex powder-free examination gloves, Refresh latex powder-free mint examination gloves, Sonic nitrile powder-free examination gloves, and Perform nitrile powder-free examination gloves. "Aurelia remains committed to serving the needs of our customers," Tan noted. "We will always strive to offer the highest levels of safety, comfort, quality and value to healthcare professionals everywhere." - * Email

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Thailand expects lower rubber output due to unseasonal flooding  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand will lose around 10 percent of its rubber output in the 2016-2017 crop year after unseasonal flooding affected the country's main growing region, according to a senior industry official. Southern Thailand has suffered downpours since January 1, resulting in flash floods that have killed 36 people. Global rubber prices have spiked on concerns about the impact on output. "(Around a) 10 percent loss is expected for overall rubber output this crop year," Chao Songarvut, deputy governor of the Rubber Authority of Thailand, said. Thailand, the world's biggest rubber grower and exporter, produced around 4.46 million metric tons of rubber in 2015, according to data from the Office of Agricultural Economics. The nation's production of the commodity was already under pressure due to drought last year, the official said. About 700,000 rais (112,000 hectares) of land planted with rubber trees have been affected by the current floods, according to data from the Rubber Authority. Local prices in Thailand were expected to rise due to the reduced production, said Uthai Sonlucksub, president of the Natural Rubber Council of Thailand. "Traders are scrambling to find rubber for exports after they struck their deals in December, when rubber was cheaper," Uthai said. Thailand's rainy season usually ends in late November, but this year heavy rain has fallen well into what should be the dry season. - * Email

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Rubber bonded abrasives market forecast to reach $1.47 billion by 2026  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pune, India - According to the report, "Rubber Bonded Abrasives Market by Application (Heavy Industries, Transportation Components, Electrical & Electronic Equipment, Medical Equipment), and Region - Global Forecast to 2026," published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is projected to reach $1.47 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 3.1 percent from 2016 to 2026. The market is driven by increased demand for rubber bonded abrasives for auto ancillaries, aerospace, construction, cleaning and maintenance, medical, food packaging and heavy industries. Based on application, the heavy industries segment is estimated to account for the largest share of the rubber bonded abrasives market in 2015. Rubber bonded abrasives are used for cutting and grinding small tools such as screwdrivers, plumbing tools, and other specialty tools, as they do not hamper the quality of metals and are softer as compared to other types of bonded abrasives. In addition, rubber bonded abrasives are used in the steel industry for removing scale or defects from the surface of slabs and in different grinding processes for different kinds of rolls. Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share of the rubber bonded abrasives market in 2015, and is expected to grow at the highest rate from 2016 to 2026. China is currently the largest market in Asia-Pacific region for rubber bonded abrasives, and is expected to lead the market during the forecast period. India is the fastest-growing market for rubber bonded abrasives. Increasing demand for rubber bonded abrasives from auto ancillaries, aerospace, metal, construction, cleaning and maintenance, medical, food packaging, and heavy industries for precision cutting and grinding of tools such as screwdrivers, plumbing tools and other specialty tools is expected to drive the rubber bonded abrasives market in these countries. - * Email

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Finland explores partnership with the Philippines in construction for tire processing facility  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Helsinki, Finland - Customs Today reports, "Finland's Department of Agriculture (DA) may soon lock a partnership with Filipino rubber farmers groups and a Finland–based tire manufacturer for the construction of a $200 million tire processing facility in Southern Mindanao. Kai Hauvala, president and CEO of Black Donuts Engineering Inc., met Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol for an initial briefing of the rubber industry in the Philippines before heading to Davao and North Cotabato for a site validation and assessment. The Mindanao visit seeks to determine whether the agriculture agency has the capabilities to operate the facility. If everything is in order, a memorandum of agreement will be signed by both parties which will kick-off the establishment of the facility. Black Donuts will help in the construction, operations, and capability-building and training of farmers. DA will organize farmers, through a National Cooperative for Farmers and Fisherfolks, who will join the initiative. “We just have to get good farmers that are willing to abide with the rules and participate in rural development projects of the government,” Piñol stressed. The facility, once operational, will produce a tire brand to be used for passenger vehicles, cargo, small pick-ups and agricultural machineries. The project is expected to increase areas for planting and replanting by at least 150,000 hectares and increase the production of dry rubber per year in the next 10 years of at least 150,000 metric tons. The Finnish company will visit some of the rubber plantations in Southern Mindanao until January 13, 2017. In 2016, the Philippines produced 110,000 tons of rubber, while neighboring countries Thailand and Indonesia produced 4.5 million tons and 3 million tons, respectively. Through the Philippine-Finland partnership, the department aims to address the current challenges within the rubber industry, which includes low productivity of rubber due to lack of quality planting materials and seedlings. It also intends to address problems on rubber exports. The country’s export on natural rubber decreased by 54,000 metric tons in 2016, as compared to 76,900 metric tons in the previous year, mainly because of the fluctuation in rubber price and effect of the 2015 El Niño. “Without a processing facility in the country, we may never stabilize the price of rubber,” Piñol said. Raw rubber price has significantly reduced even as tire prices continue to soar. “Mababa ang bentahan sa rubber pero ang presyo sa gulong ay nasa P6,000-P9, 000, kaya sino kumikita?” Piñol said, adding that if the country has the capability to absorb the local and international demand, it can generate employment for more Filipinos. Through a memorandum order, Piñol directed concerned regional directors to review bidding process for the procurement of rubber seedlings. “Only nurseries certified by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) are qualified to put in their bids for rubber seedlings to ensure that the seeds given to farmers are of good quality,” he stressed." - * Email

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