BANGKOK, Thailand (March 5)—Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, the world´s three top natural rubber producers, are protesting Goodyear´s plans to make rubber suppliers and exporters assume financial responsibility for damage to rubber products. "Goodyear can no longer absorb financial losses caused by suppliers´ errors," J.C. Whiteley, Goodyear vice president of global product and process quality, said in a letter to rubber suppliers and exporters which was quoted by Reuters. It is unacceptable to demand that suppliers pay for damages, because in the case of a mass tire recall, "Goodyear can put the blame on suppliers and it is us who have to pay for any costs incurred," Choositt Opaswonse, president of the Thai Rubber Exporters´ Association, told Reuters. In other news from Thailand, Choositt called on Natee Khlibtong, the newly appointed deputy minister of agriculture, to maintain Thailand´s program of cooperating with other NR-producing nations to assure a minimum export price for rubber. Choositt asked the minister to facilitate plans for a meeting between Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian ministers, the point of which is to sign a memorandum of understanding on a common minimum export price for natural rubber.
NR-producing nations protest Goodyear damage charges
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