India Rubber Meet 2014 to be held in Kochi from February 20-21

India Rubber Meet 2014, a first of its kind event, organised by Rubber Board will be held in Kochi, Kerala from February 20-21. The two-day meet comes at a time when the Indian rubber industry is aiming at corroborating its position as a sunrise sector. IRM 2014 will be helpful to the industry to understand as to how synergies could be drawn between various stakeholders of the rubber industry such as planters, dealers, raw material players, importers, manufacturers, exporters and more. This will also be learning curve for the Government to assess the Indian rubber industry and evolve at a conclusion as to how it can create a vision and goal for the niche segment.
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IRM 2014 is a maiden initiative and the Board is planning to make it an annual affair from next year. Vikram Kirloskar, President of the Society of Indian Autombile Manufacturers will formally inaugurate the meet. A seminar titled: ‘Indian Rubber: New Horizons’ is also being planned concurrently, where industry experts from across the globe will deliberate on various aspects like economic outlook, regulations and legislations, technology and innovation and sustainability and rubber industry outlook.
An estimated 600 delegates from India as well as overseas destinations are likely to attend the first time endeavour which is bringing the entire rubber fraternity of India under one roof in order to analyse the present trends in raw material production and processing, bedises trading, end product manufacturing and export, a statement issued by the Rubber Board said.
A panel discussion has also been lined up on the topic: ‘Present and near-term global scenario of natural rubber producing countries’, where representatives from countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka and India will share their insights. What is more, another panel discussion on the topic: ‘Indian Rubber Scenario’: Stakeholder’s Perspective’ is also on the agenda, where representatives from various segements of rubber industry including rubber growers, processors, tyre and non-tyre product makers, traders, synthetic and reclaimed rubber manufacturers and development bodies that support the rubber industry will take part and exchange views.

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