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Scientists have created self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact.

The researching team, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, designed a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse.They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use and thereby prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as unwanted pregnancies. Lack of lubrication can lead to painful sex, as well as slipped or split condoms...http://rubberjournalasia.com/self-lubricated-condoms-developed-for-comfort-and-functionality/
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Michelin North America reported two new projects at its site in Michelin Pictou County. Operations on a new Michelin winter tyre line, as well as the North American launch of an innovative process for semi-finished materials, is set to begin soon.,..http://rubberjournalasia.com/michelin-announces-expansions-on-candian-site/
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Tyre maker Bridgestone’s Canadian subsidiary is constructing an automated warehouse at its Canadian passenger and light truck tyre manufacturing facility in Joliette, Québec. The investment, estimated at US$45 million, will further enhance the operational excellence of the plant and increase the company’s agility to serve the North American tyre dealers and customers, said Bridgestone...http://rubberjournalasia.com/bridgestone-adds-on-us45-mn-warehouse-to-canadian-tyre-facility/
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Germany’s Continental has shifted its hose plant in Qingdao, China, to the Qingdao Sino-German Ecopark in Shangdong province. With a total investment of EUR30 million and an area of approximately 84,000 sq m, the plant produces hoses and mobile fluid system solutions for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The new plant is also committed to integrating global resources and capabilities to facilitate structural upgrade for China’s local automotive industry and regional economic development based on the needs of the country’s automotive market...http://rubberjournalasia.com/continental-opens-eur30-mn-hose-plant-in-china/
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Arsenal Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrials and healthcare services companies, acquires Polytek Development Corp, a US manufacturer of liquid mould rubbers and casting plastics, from Morgenthaler Private Equity. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed...http://rubberjournalasia.com/arsenal-capital-partners-scores-polytek/
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French tyre maker Michelin has revised the full-year forecasts for the global tyre market, warning that a sales slowdown could worsen in the fourth quarter, against the back of slower demand from China’s car market and new emissions standards in Europe...http://rubberjournalasia.com/michelin-revises-market-forecast-based-on-eu-emissions-squeeze-china-slowdown/
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According to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), the global consumption for rubber grew 6.6%, on a year-to-year basis, to 10,653 million tonnes from January 2018 to September 2018. Meanwhile, the global production recorded a slower growth at 1.5% to 9,779 million tonnes, on a year-to-year basis. This resulted in a supply deficit of 874,000 tonnes during the same reference period based on these statistics...http://rubberjournalasia.com/anrpc-slower-growth-in-rubber-market-due-to-chinas-economic-turbulence/
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