Kottayam: The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) would support the Rubber Board to start a model Incubation Centre at the Kottayam based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) to promote the rubber industrial sector in the country.
This was announced by Christy Fernandez, Chairman of KSIDC while inaugurating a two-day National Conference on rubber products manufacturing at RRII. “An ownership for the rubber sector in national, regional and provincial level is essential for confronting the issues the sector faces”, he added.
A Ajith Kumar IAS, Chairman & Executive Director, Rubber Board said that there is vast potential for the rubber industry to grow in terms of value addition, employment generation, technology upgrdation, quality enhancement, export etc. One of the major challenges is that the domestic and global economic and industrial sectors are beset with growing number of uncertainties and unknowns, whether they are fiscal, monetary, economic, geopolitical or sector-specific. The main focus of rubber products manufacturing sector shall be to enhance quality and cost competitiveness through the adoption of appropriate technology and constant innovation.
The national seminar is the first step for a new beginning to promote the rubber manufacturing sector, said Dr. James Jacob, Director, RRII. He emphasized the importance of R&D in containing cost and improving quality.
In technical sessions followed, R V Gandhi, MD of Gujarat Reclaims & Rubber Products gave a presentation on ‘Use of reclaimed rubber in Indian rubber industry’. He gave a detailed profile of the reclaimed rubber industry and the role it plays in the environmental sustainability. The need for R&D and diversification was also emphasised.
Vinod Simon, Executive Director, Simmco Rubbers & Plastics, Chennai and also, Chairman, Rubber Skill Development Council, spoke on the current status and prospects of non-tyre industry. A change in mindset, adoption of new technology and skill development is the need of the time for survival of such units, he added.
Dr. Asok Prabhu, Sr. GM, Apcotex Industries, Mumbai gave a thorough review of the sector and detailed the scope, new concepts and challenges in the sector. He, however, reiterated the importance of natural rubber latex as an environmentally friendly product.
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