US rubber industry hit by Texas hurricane

Houston, Texas – Hurricane Harvey, which struck the southeastern coast of Texas as a Category 4 storm late 25 Aug and made landfall again 30 Aug in western Louisiana as a tropical storm, has proved to be a major crisis for the synthetic rubber and rubber chemical manufacturers in the region.

Virtually all synthetic rubber producers along the Gulf of Mexico are now shut down, according to Bill Hyde, senior director, olefins and elastomers at Houston-based IHS Markit.

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