HOUSTON (March 2)—Global synthetic rubber demand will grow 3.4 percent in 2000 to 8.4 million metric tons, after showing a 1.5-percent increase in 1999, according to the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers. For the next five years, consumption of SR should increase at an annual rate of 2.9 percent to 9.4 million metric tons, while natural rubber use will rise at a 2.5 percent rate to 7.6 million tons.
IISRP predicts SR demand to grow 3.4% this year
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