Against the backdrop of a slowdown in the growth of the rubber industry (11540, -215.00, -1.83%), the 13th National Rubber Industry Information Conference and Forum on Accelerating the Transformation and Development of High tech Applications were held in Hangzhou last year. Relevant experts point out that promoting the application of high-tech and transforming the traditional rubber industry is the only way for China's rubber industry to continue to develop steadily and rapidly.
After more than 160 years of development, the world rubber industry has become an important traditional industry in many developed countries. Currently, the global annual rubber consumption exceeds 17 million tons, and there are about 100000 types of rubber products in various fields of human society. The rubber industry is unique in the second industry cluster, with the use of elastomeric materials. In the past 20 to 30 years, due to the impact of the two world oil crises in the 1970s, the global rubber industry has shifted from a long-term expansion of dependence as the main means of increasing economic benefits to a new era with the goal of improving quality, increasing variety, and continuously reducing production costs.
Rubber industry expert Huang Maotong stated that high-tech rubber products have opened up new economic growth points for the rubber industry. In recent years, the emergence of high-tech rubber materials and products to meet the needs of high-tech industrialization has become a new economic growth point driving the development of the rubber industry. There are no more than dozens of high-tech rubber materials with new characteristics available in the market. Although their adhesive usage is currently very small, their added value is high and their growth rate is fast. They have begun to occupy a certain position in industrial products and may form a new industry in the future.
Currently, the fastest-growing ones include high-tech rubber materials used in electronic information, sealing damping, office automation, and household appliances. The vast majority of these materials are products that are chemically modified with rubber, blended with rubber and plastic (8440, -185.00, -2.14%), and compounded in various ways. Most of them have become polymer functional materials that are difficult to distinguish between rubber and plastic.
With the rapid development of high-tech, many traditional rubber products have also begun to achieve high-performance and functionalization. They cover all aspects from tires, industrial products to rubber shoes, mainly including green tires, smart tires, Timing belt, energy-saving belts, explosion-proof hose and various functional shoes, as well as various sealing, shock absorption, printing and induction rubber parts. These rubber products, which utilize high-tech transformation on the basis of traditional rubber products, have opened up new avenues for the future development of the rubber industry.
Huang Maotong stated that the rubber industry should also adjust its product structure through technological innovation to meet the low-carbon requirements of the automotive industry and other fields, such as developing and producing tires and low fuel consumption tires suitable for electric and hybrid vehicles, applying new materials such as thermoplastic elastomers to develop and manufacture products such as seals and shock absorbers for automobiles, and improving the efficiency of conveyor belts for automobiles, Develop and produce rubber products required for clean and renewable energy industries.
The main high-tech that the current rubber industry urgently needs to conquer include the industrialization and application technology of Eucommia ulmoides rubber, the development and application technology of dandelion rubber, the industrialization technology of green tires, the development and application of nano modified fibers, and the fully automatic rubber shoe production line. Huang Maotong believes that rubber enterprises should increase their investment strength, promote the development and application of high-tech, and create a green kingdom for the rubber industry.