Are natural rubber shortages on the way?

London – Low natural rubber prices, caused by factors including oil prices, lower demand than forecast and weak global equity market, may lead to a slowdown in new plantations and replanting and tighten supplies from 2020 onwards.

So said Sheela Thomas, secretary general of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in a speech at the 2016 China Rubber Conference in Qingdao, where she also warned that “the reported large stock overhang is only on paper.”

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The China factor…

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