Update: South Africa’s Karbochem stops synthetic rubber production

Johannesburg, South Africa – Karbochem Ltd, South Africa’s only manufacturer of synthetic rubber, is halting its operations and SR production, according to chairman Abraham Brink.

In email correspondence with ERJ, Brink said the “circumstances beyond the control of the company” had rendered the production of synthetic rubbers unsustainable.

The management of the company, said the Karbochem chairman, is now in the process of “extricating” it from the rubber markets both locally and internationally.

“This process necessarily includes the shutdown of the manufacturing facilities in Sasolburg and Newcastle, which…

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