Mr. A. Ajith Kumar IAS, Chairman and Executive Director, Rubber Board said that the two day National Seminar held at Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) gave an opportunity to the Board to listen to the demands and concerns of the industry. The discussions pointed out the need for product diversification, new product development, process development and innovating new areas of forging relations in technological research. Rubber products requirements for the defence forces also came up for discussion. The views of MSME, small sector industrial units and start ups were also shared. The conference pointed out that a lot needs to be done for making the Board relevant for the time. The work done by the Rubber Board over seventy years has yielded results in increasing the production many fold. But more things are required to be done in the industrial sector, he added while summing up the conference. Dr. James Jacob, Director, RRII and Dr. Jacob K Varkey, Principal Scientist, spoke in the concluding session.
In the last technical session of the conference, Mr. Toms Joseph, Jt. Director (Economics) presented a paper on ASEAN agreement and its impact on Indian rubber industry. This was followed by a talk on processing of better quality latex and compounds by Mr. Joseph John, Director, KA Prevulcanised Latex Pvt. Ltd., Mr. S. Sudhaker, Regional Head for South India and Srilanka, Tech Services & Business Development, Indian Synthetic Rubber Pvt Ltd (ISRL) delivered a présentation on styrene butadiene rubber and its comparison with natural rubber. Mr. Jayakrishnan representing Lord India Pvt Ltd. Mumbai spoke on metal adhesives and coatings used in rubber industry.
The conference was attended by various stake holders in the rubber industry. Speakers and panelists include representatives from Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA), Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA), tyre industries, polymer industries and reclaimed rubber industries; persons from defence and aerospace sector; scientists in the industry and executives from public sector enterprises in Kerala and Tripura.