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Manufacture of Other Rubber Products
BY Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen
South Africa
25 October 2016
R 2 040.00 (ZAR)  
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The Manufacture of Rubber Products, Excluding Tyres


The South African rubber products sector, which excludes the manufacture of tyres, generated sales of R16.2bn in 2015. South Africa’s industrial rubber manufacturers provide a range of products, some intermediate and others finished products created from natural synthetic rubber. Large quantities of natural rubber, which is suitable for the manufacture of conveyor belts, are imported, as South Africa does not have a climate suitable for large-scale rubber plantations. Synthetic rubber, which is manufactured from hydrocarbons, is produced locally and imported.


Challenges and Opportunities


As industrial rubber producers primarily sell goods into the mining and automotive industries, as well as the construction, printing and medical industries where in general growth has been low, no growth in the sector was recorded between 2014 and 2015. Future demand for products, especially intermediate products, is likely to be stifled because of low economic growth and political risk factors. However, although the industry is a net importer of products, South Africa is a net exporter in processed rubber products, and niche sectors where there is strong local demand for product, which in turn supports exports.


Report Coverage


The Manufacture of Other Rubber Products describes the industry in South Africa, highlights current conditions, the effects of international developments and discusses factors influencing the success of the sector. Profiles are provided for 15 industry players, including major players Dunlop Industrial Products (Pty) Ltd, Fenner Conveyor Belting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, Nuvo Rubber Compounders (Pty) Ltd and Transvaal Rubber Company (Pty) Ltd t/a Truco. Also profiled are SMMEs such as Tensile Rubber (Pty) Ltd, which manufactures moulded rubber products and is involved in the development of new components, and Seal n Devices (Pty) Ltd, a rubber and polyurethane moulding company, specialising in rubber to metal bonded products, anti-vibration mountings, buffers, bushes, gaskets and specialised mouldings.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 10
4.1.2. Regulations 10
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 12
4.2. Continental 13
4.2.1. Small-scale Producers in International Markets 13
4.2.2. Markets and Governments 13
4.3. International 14
4.3.1. Rubber Prices 14
4.3.2. World Share of Production 15
4.3.3. International Corporate Activity 16
4.3.4. Dumping 16
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 17
5.1. Economic Environment 17
5.2. Government Initiatives 17
5.3. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 18
5.4. Labour 20
5.5. Environmental Concerns 22
6. COMPETITION 23
6.1. Barriers to Entry 24
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 24
8. OUTLOOK 25
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 26
10. REFERENCES 26
10.1. Publications 26
10.2. Websites 27
COMPANY PROFILES 28
ARGENT INDUSTRIAL LTD 28
BRIDGESTONE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 33
CONTITECH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 36
DUNLOP INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD 38
FENNER CONVEYOR BELTING (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 41
GASKET MANUFACTURING CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 43
H AND M ROLLER TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 45
HUDSON RUBBER COMPANY (PTY) LTD 47
NATIONAL RUBBER MATMIN (PTY) LTD 49
NUVO RUBBER COMPOUNDERS (PTY) LTD 51
S AND N RUBBER (PTY) LTD 53
SEAL N DEVICES (PTY) LTD 55
TENSILE RUBBER (PTY) LTD 57
TRANSVAAL RUBBER COMPANY (PTY) LTD 59
WEIR MINERALS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 62