SRI claims breakthrough in natural-rubber research

Kobe, Japan – Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd is claiming a major breakthrough from its research into the molecular structure of natural rubber from Para rubber trees.

As reported by SRI at the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2016 Kitakyushu, Japan, its analysis using high-performance NMR equipment and proprietary techniques has yielded new insights into terminal group structures of natural rubber.

The findings open the door to “significant improvements in the performance and processability of natural rubber, opening up new possibilities for enhanced tire performance in terms of fuel…

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