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Natural rubber, an essential commodity for the tire industry

Natural rubber demonstrates characteristics that gives it a competitive advantage to synthetic rubber: a lower heat generation and a better ability to regain its original shape. Such qualities are essential for tires, an especially for heavy goods vehicles, agricultural vehicles, aircraft and civil engineering. The substitution between natural rubber and synthetic rubber therefore remains limited for such applications.

 

Strong complementarity between natural and synthetic rubber

The share of natural rubber compared to synthetic rubber moved from less than 40% in the 2000s to more than 47% today.

Many industries have ambitious goals to reduce their carbon footprint and raise the renewable material quantities in their products, so the evolution of the proportion natural rubber/synthetic rubber is an opportunity.