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Nirmala Sitharaman to Inaugurate India Rubber Meet at Kochi
Kottayam, 29 January 2015

Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry will inaugurate the 2nd edition of the ‘India Rubber Meet (IRM 2015), at Le Meridien Convention Centre, Kochi on 04 March 2015. The two day event will be held on 04 and 05 March 2015. IRM is a yearly event organized by the Rubber Board in partnership with stakeholder associations in rubber and related sectors. The Meet is a major initiative of Indian rubber industry to organise a regular forum for interaction, networking and exchange of information.

The theme of IRM 2015 is ‘Finite resources: infinite opportunities’ and is expected to cover the commercial opportunities of rubber including auxiliary activities. It is also proposed to examine the green agenda referring new sustainability goals. There will be invited talks by internationally renowned speakers on topics such as economic and commodity outlook, sustainability, rubber futurology, technology and innovation. Speakers include Dr John Baffes(Senior Economist, Development Prospects Group, World Bank) Dr. Stephen Evans (Secretary-General, International Rubber Study Group, Singapore), Datuk Dr. Abdul Aziz S.A. Kadir (Secretary General, International Rubber Research and Development Board, Malaysia), Ms Sheela Thomas (Secretary-General, Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries, Malaysia), Dr. Stuart Cook (Director of Research, Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre, U.K.), Mr. Gunther Lottmann (Manager, Grupo Agroindustrial de Occidente, Guatemala) and Mr. N-Diaye Oumar (Director, Department Cultures d’ Exportation et Productions Forestieres, Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire).

There will be an International Panel Discussion on the first day, which will be chaired by Dr. A Jayathilak IAS (Chairman, Rubber Board, India) followed by a national level Panel Discussion on the second day. Experts and key stakeholders from different segments of rubber industry across the world will participate in the Panel Discussions. Meetings of stakeholder associations also will be conducted on the sidelines of the Meet.

The launching edition of India Rubber Meet (IRM 2014) was also held at Le Meridien Convention Centre, Kochi, Kerala in February 2014. Nearly 700 delegates from both India and abroad attended the event. IRM 2014 was well appreciated by delegates and speakers as a world class event in terms of content, structure, ambience and networking facilities.

A national level Organising Committee is constituted to oversee IRM 2015 headed by Dr. A. Jayathilak, Chairman, Rubber Board. Mr. Vinod T Simon (Chairman, Rubber Skill Development Council) is the Vice Chairman of the Committee. The Committee has representations from all rubber industry related stakeholder associations, major companies and media. IRM 2015 is expected to bring the rubber fraternity of the country under a single umbrella to take stock of emerging trends in raw material production and processing, trading, end product manufacturing, export etc.

The delegate registration to the event is in progress. Registration fee is Rs.10,000/- per participant. Early bird registration fee is Rs.7,500/- only and is open till 15 February 2015. Small rubber growers can register at a fee of Rs.3500/-. Details can be had from ‘’

Member Secretary
(Publicity Committee – India Rubber Meet 2015)


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