WASHINGTON (Feb. 22)—Synthetic rubber use in North America should experience 2-percent growth through 2004, according to statistics released by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers. North American SR consumption rose only 1 percent in 1999, to 2.4 million metric tons, but is expected to reach 2.6 million tons in 2004, said the RMA Rubber Market Analysis Committee and the IISRP Statistical Committee. In Latin America, soft consumption in Argentina will offset a boom in Mexico and Brazil, giving the total a moderate, 1.6-percent growth rate from 590,000 metric tons in 2000 to 631,000 in 2004.
Industry groups predict SR growth through 2004
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