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China's Synthetic Rubber Industry Highlighted at Xiangshan Conferences

   Scholars and experts gathered to discuss the opportunity and challenges faced by China's synthetic rubber industry at the 353th session of the Xiangshan Science Conferences (XSSC) from 16-18, June in Beijing.

  China's synthetic rubber industry has grown into an economic pillar in this country with the annual production of over one million tons. At present, the increase in the production amount of its seven staple varieties accounts for 49% of the world total. For the time being, its manufacturing capacity, output volume, consumption and imports rank fourth, third, first and first respectively in the world.

  Because of the increase of world's political instability , intensified market competition, and intensified competition for natural resources and energy supply, researchers want to reexamine the industry as it is critical both for the country's national economy and for its national security. While encountering an unprecedented opportune chance, the industry is also challenged the marketing pressure both at home and abroad as well as the deteriorating situation in resources and the environment across the country. By learning the successful experience in developing the Ni-based cis-polybutadiene rubber, researchers expect to solve some key problems in the industry by pooling research resources together and promoting collaboration. It is believed that this may help to put China's R&D in the industry on the fast track and provide strong and steady support for its sustainable development.

  The research topic on the conference include: synthesis of natural rubber and isoprene rubber; catalysts and catalytic science in rubber synthesis; structures and properties of synthetic rubber, and the structure, properties of synthetic rubber and top-performance processing centers in this regard.

  XSSC stands for a series of small-scale academic workshops, with the objective of promoting free academic exchanges and discussions, fostering interdisciplinary cooperation and integrated studies in various areas of excellence and exploring new frontiers.

  Modeled after the Gordon Conference, the XSSC was initiated by the former State Science and Technology Commission, now the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST). It was officially inaugurated in 1993 under the joint sponsorship of MOST and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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