Notch tips rubber silicas market to cool

By Patrick Raleigh ERJ On-line news editor

Amherst, Massachusetts-Growth in rubber industry demand for precipitated silica fillers is slowing down, particularly in Europe, according to a new report from Notch Consulting Group.

Nevertheless, the firm believes the market is still set to increase by about a third to over 800 kilotonnes per annum between 2003-10. The progress, it said, is closely linked to the rate of penetration of green tyres in the various world markets.

Silica demand will also benefit from a further expansion of the…

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