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Malaysian Rubber Research & Development Board.

The Malaysian Rubber Research & Development Board and Asiatic Development Bhd. signed a technology transfer agreement involving a process for the production of deproteinized natural rubber, produced by removing the proteins using an enzyme proteinase. The enzyme hydrolyses the poteins and converts them into moer water-soluble forms which are easily washed away. The removal of the proteins improves certain properties of natural rubber, enhancing its value for use in engineering applications. The RRIM has produced DPNR by this method since 1974, but the processes involved were too complex for it to be widely adopted by the industry. Refinements have simplified the productioN of DPNR and made it more cost-effective. This latest technology agreement will add a third specialty natural rubber to Asiatic Development's range. A trade name has yet to be determined by Asiatic. Initial markets have been found for the new DPNR and production is expected to begin around August. Capacity is expected to be about 100 metric tons per month by Asiatic Development.
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Title Annotation:Business Briefs: Contracts, licenses
Publication:Rubber World
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Feb 1, 1992
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