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This Summer 2005 edition of Rubber World's Product News features a case study on page 4 describing the design of an elastomeric damper by Lord to improve ride and handling in Model 480B helicopters built by Enstrom Helicopter. The damper's improved performance is said to offer operators a significant reduction in ground feedback and vibration issues.

The Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) has developed genetically modified rubber plants that have better drought resistance and increased environmental stress tolerance. These transgenic plantlets, described on page 5, are currently being cultivated in the RRII campus in Kottayam, India. In other news, a California rubber company that employs four recent Ferris State University graduates has received the U.S. Small Business Administration 2005 Region IX Prime Contractor of the Year Award and is being considered for a national honor.

Recent introductions in the rubber industry, highlighted on page 6, include patented technology from Boss Rubber Technologies that securely bonds extruded Santoprene thermoplastic elastomer profiles to single-sided pressure-sensitive self-adhesive tape. This process is said to greatly reduce material costs and production time involved in making specialist extrusions such as automotive weather seals. Lord's applications laboratory for testing and developing new adhesives is also featured.

In every issue of the Rubber World Product News, readers will find the latest information on a wide variety of products and services for the rubber industry, including machinery and equipment, chemicals and materials, instrumentation, hardware and software, and custom services. The final pages of the Product News are dedicated to brochures, available from companies by simply noting the circle number on cards located next to the back cover.

As always, we welcome information from your company to be published in upcoming issues of the Product News. Press releases, artwork and brochures may be sent to Rubber World's offices or emailed to Thank you for your loyal readership, and we hope you enjoy this latest edition.

Jill Rohrer

Editor, Rubber Worm Product News
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Author:Rohrer, Jill
Publication:Rubber World
Date:Jun 22, 2005
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