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IRSG hosts rubber forum in Bahrain. (Meetings).

International Rubber Forum 2001, sponsored by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), will take place October 1-2 at the Gulf International Convention & Exhibition Center in Manama, Bahrain.

The International Rubber Forum is an annual event, held in conjunction with the IRSG's annual meeting, which will take place October 1-5. The forum is open to industry and trade participants to discuss topics which are of concern to the rubber industry at large.

This year's forum in Bahrain will emphasize developments in synthetic rubbers and their feedstock, the tire industry and trade, as well as natural rubber. The theme is "Challenges ahead for the world rubber industry."

Professor Dr. Ir. Jacques Noordermeer from the University of Twente and DSM Elastomers in the Netherlands will present the keynote address. The second keynote speaker will be M. Fathy El Feky, chairman of the Arab Federation of Tire and Rubber Industries, who will explore "The present situation and future prospects for the rubber industry in the Middle East."

The IRSG's head of economics and statistics, Dr. Prachaya Jumpasut, will present the "Outlook for elastomers" at the opening of the forum, reviewing the development of the industry in the passing year and projections for the year ahead.

H.E. Murasoli Maran, union minister of commerce and industry in India, will present the opening address.

The forum has been divided into five sessions, with speakers from the world of elastomers addressing a wide variety of subjects within each session.

Session 1 on "Synthetic and natural rubber - prospects and projections" will include the following presentations: "Worldwide synthetic rubber in the new decade," James McGraw, IISRP; "The outlook for natural rubber prices in the coming years," Dr. Kees Burger and Dr. Hidde Smit, ESI-VU, the Netherlands; and "Progress on NR prospective stu-dy," Dr. Jerome Sainte-Beuve, CIRAD-CP.

Session 2 on "The rubber industry - global developments" will include the following presentations: "Recent developments of rubber production in West Africa," Jean-Charles de Fauconval, Sogescol SA, Belgium; "Recent developments of rubber production in South Asia," Dr. L.M.K. Tillekeratne, Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka; "Recent developments of rubber production in Central Europe," Dr. Wanda Paraziewicz, Rubber Research Institute of Poland; and "Developments in the Korean tire and rubber industry," Seung Woong Kim, Korea Tire Manufacturers Association.

Session 3 on "Exploring the future of the rubber industry in the Middle East" will include the following presentations: "Iranian rubber industry - present and future prospects," Eng. H. Mahmoudian, Iran Rubber Association; and "Iran's past and future market and industry on petrochemicals for rubber," E. Emranian, Iran Petrochemical Commercial.

Session 4 on "Tires and rubber trade - new developments for the 21 st century" will include the following presentations: "International trade flow of tires," Rob Simmons, LMC International, U.K.; "Application of natural rubber in tires," Patrick Hays and Claude Betizeau, SMPT/Michelin, France; "Recent developments of e-commerce in rubber trade," Ronil Malaney, Rubber Commerce Ltd., India; and "The transportation of rubber by IBC - a global solution," Marc De Witte, Arena Packaging Systems NV, Belgium.

Session 5 will be an interactive workshop on "Rubber and the environment." Special focus will be on the future management of "end-of-life" tires and the potential financing of carbon sequestration.

Organized and presented jointly by UNCTAD and IRSG, this workshop will provide vital information regarding the most prominent environmental issues affecting companies and the global rubber industry. The latest market developments will be examined, ideas will be exchanged, and experiences and practical solutions will be identified.

Further information on the International Rubber Forum 2001 is available from the IRSG, tel.: +44 (0) 20 8903 7727; fax: +44 (0) 20 8903 2848.
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