MIDDLESEX, England (Nov. 28)—The member governments of the International Rubber Study Group forecast continuing growth in world elastomer consumption in 2001. The projection was made at the group´s recent 39th Assembly of Nations, held in Antwerp, Belgium. According to the group, long-term demand for elastomers is expected to continue at a slowed, but steady pace through 2001, continuing the gradual yearly incline since 1998´s stifling Asian economic crisis. A shortage in natural rubber production also is projected for 2000, but growth in synthetic rubber output and rebounding NR production in 2001 should sufficiently meet world elastomer demand, IRSG data suggest.
IRSG projects elastomer growth
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