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The Sorry State of the Indonesian Hevea



By Kavickumar s/o MuruganathanVice President, Environment, Health & Safety – Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited The rubber tree (Heveabrasiliensis) is the only commercial source of natural rubber. Its cultivation can be severely limited by pathogenic diseases such as the Fusicoccum leaf fall disease. An outbreak of the disease was first recorded in 1987 in south Peninsular Malaysia.…

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What is wrong with the natural rubber market? The Chief Executive’s View:



By Robert Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited When analysing the reasons behind the persistently weak prices for natural rubber, the most intuitive explanation is normally fundamental: either demand must be weak or the market must be oversupplied. Those who are in the business know that demand is not weak. In fact, it…

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Indonesian Natural Rubber Smallholder Economics



A comparison of smallholder income vs minimum wage in Indonesia.By Gerald Tan, Vice President – Strategic Development, Halcyon Agri 90% of Indonesian natural rubber raw material is sourced through smallholders. The average smallholder in Indonesia owns 1.5 to 2 hectares of rubber trees. It is widely known that the rubber yields in Indonesia are notoriously…

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Do we, in 2018, still need a traditional futures market in the Rubber Industry?



If there’s one thing that’s accelerated over the last twenty-odd years, it’s technology, opening up the greyest corner of any business to everyone with a smartphone. It has also meant that there’s little mystery left in anything we do. “What do I need an intermediary for, when I can do it myself?” Try it: it…

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Rubber is a Universal Resource



Rubber is essential to modern life and natural rubber, in particular, is highly sought-after because of its high strength, resistance, elasticity and plasticity. Between 2000 and 2016, global demand for natural rubber nearly doubled to 12.6 million metric tonnes, and the upward consumption trend shows no signs of stopping. Compared to synthetic rubbers, natural rubber…

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A Bright Future for Rubber



The demand for natural rubber closely tracks the performance of the economy. As global GDP grows, consumption and hence the need for natural rubber grow too. The recent economic surge worldwide therefore predicts a bright future for natural rubber demand. Furthermore, major developed economies are spending more on infrastructure, which will increase the use of…

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