Following advice of the UK government, the majority of our staff will be working from home until further notice. We are still contactable by e-mail and able to provide technical advice and quotations for work, but cannot guarantee a date for any new or current work to commence. The only staff in attendance in our laboratories over the next three weeks will be those working on essential compliance testing for the pharmaceutical industry.
Rubber Consultants/TARRC have great week at IRC 2018
Rubber Consultants returned from a very successful and productive week at the International Rubber Conference 2018, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 4th - 6th September at the KLCC.
The International Rubber Conference 2018 (spearheaded by the Plastic and Rubber Institute Malaysia (PRIM)) was held concurrently with the International Rubber Glove Conference and Exhibition (IRGCE) 2018.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir addressed a large audience at the opening of the proceedings and urged the rubber industry to carry on with their research in product development to raise global usage of rubber as a commodity supplied by many small farmers in Malaysia.
Also present at the IRGCE 2018 were Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok, Primary Industries Ministry Secretary General Datuk Zurinah Pawanteh, Malaysian Rubber Board Director General Dato’ Dr Zairossani Mohd Nor, Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) Chief Executive Officer Low Yoke Kiew, Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) President Denis Low, PRIM President Pong Kai See and IRGCE 2018 Organising Chairman Lim Kwee Shyan.
We were delighted that we were able to join our colleagues from the Malaysian Rubber Board on their Pavilion (E63) and also participate at the MRB Technical Workshop on Monday 3rd September for the Malaysian rubber industry. After the opening ceremony Teresa Kok visited the exhibition halls including the MRB Pavillion. TARRC was pleased that she was able to meet us on the stand and ask about our activities on behalf of the industry.
At the IRC conference TARRC’s Head of Engineering Dr Alan Muhr gave a plenary presentation on the first day titled ‘Rubber-to-metal Bonded Components: Attributes and Challenges - The failure of rubber products in service and methods to prolong the service life’.
Dr Hamid Ahmadi and Paul Brown also presented papers on rubber anti-seismic systems and tyre wear.
Several events took place on the MRB pavilion including the launch of the book ‘Rubber Process Technology – From Mixing to Manufacturing’ by the Chairman of the MRB, Mr Sankara Nair.
Two of the book's authors were able to be present at the launch, Dato’ Dr Kamarudin Ab-Malek, former CEO of the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre or TARRC, and Mr Colin Robinson, TARRC’s senior rubber technologist who is considered a manufacturing expert within the rubber industry. The third author Dr Alan Roberts is TARRC’s former Deputy Director of Research.
Mr Nair explained to the gathered invitees how the book has been produced as a point of reference for people already working in the rubber industry, as well as others who want to understand better how rubber compounds and components are produced. Using a combination of the acquired knowledge of the authors many years of experience in both the manufacturing industry and applied research, it explains the different processes involved from raw material selection through to the manufacture of rubber products. It also highlights some of the excellent work carried out by TARRC and prove to be an invaluable educational tool for younger scientists, technicians and engineers entering the rubber industry in the future.
The highlight of the week was TARRC’s 80th Anniversary celebration gathering where we were honoured to have dignitaries from the MRB and its Board, TARRC Board members, MREPC, MARGMA and the MRI.
Dato’ Dr Zairossani gave an encouraging speech to the audience highlighting the importance of TARRC’s R&D work over the decades to the industry and looked forward to this continuing in the future.
He then presented TARRC’s Deputy Director of Research Mr Hamid Ahmadi with a Royal Selangor pewter plate to mark the occasion.
Guests were then able to enjoy a traditional Malaysian cake - Pulut kuning.
The MRB also arranged a Workshop at the beginning of the week for the Malaysian industry. Presentations by Colin Robinson, Alan Muhr and Gail Reader on services available from TARRC were given. Meetings were also held at the Rubber Clinic during the day where companies were able to get immediate advice on any technical issues they were experiencing.
The International Rubber Conference is held annually under the auspices of the International Rubber Conference Organisation (IRCO). www.internationalrubberconference.org
The IRC 2019 will be held in London for the first time ever from 3rd - 5th September 2019 and Rubber Consultants is a proud Platinum Sponsor. www.irc2019.org
See you in London for the IRC 2019!