The last decades of the century-long history of rubber use has been unusually turbulent for both natural rubber (NR) and synthetic rubber (SR). In the automotive sector, which absorbs a major part of world rubber supply, demand has been fluctuating as a result of the oil-crisis and the subsequent recession. Tire technology developments have changed the relative shares of demand for NR and SR. The oil-crisis has also had a different impact on the cost structures of natural and synthetic rubbers.
KeywordsRadial Tire Natural Rubber Commercial Vehicle Production Policy Automotive Sector
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