Natural rubber listed among EU’s critical raw materials.
The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has contributed to revising the Critical Raw Material List, which now includes natural rubber, the association said. The 2017 assessment was carried out for 61 candidate materials (58 individual materials and 3 material groups for a total of 78 materials).
Natural rubber is the only biotic raw material to be included in the 27 raw materials that passed the assessment. Fazilet Cinaralp, secretary general of the ETRMA, commented: “This is an important step for our sector. Natural rubber will receive proper political attention and consequent support when dealing with issues related to the supply of natural rubber.”
The new Critical Raw Material List was adopted by the College of Commissioners on September 13 and communicated as part of the EU industrial strategy on September 18 as an essential element “to help ensure the secure, sustainable and affordable supply for the EU manufacturing industry.” Cinaralp added: “It is our hope that the inclusion of natural rubber on the list will strengthen the competitiveness of the rubber industry, stimulate the production of natural rubber also beyond traditional producing countries, increase awareness of potential raw material supply risks and support the efforts of European Commission when negotiating trade agreements, in order to challenge potential trade distortion measures.”