Why is a rubber tyre being sold in New Zealand?
Why is the rubber tyre in New England so popular?
The answer, it turns out, is that New Zealand has been importing rubber tires for years, from the US.
Rubber is a tough material.
It can take months to ripen, but when it does, it’s durable enough to withstand the elements, and is usually more affordable than the more expensive European rubber.
The New Zealand rubber industry has been flourishing since the 1960s, thanks in part to the introduction of cheap, high-tech tyre treadmills.
Rubber has a long and chequered history in New York, where it has been used in everything from the New York City subway system to a number of other commercial industries.
The US Rubber Board, the rubber industry’s trade body, estimates that rubber imports from the United States have increased by almost 50 per cent over the past 50 years.
A large portion of the New Zealand market is currently made up of tyres that are imported from the EU, with most of the rest made from China.
“It’s a very different market,” says Tony Gao, president of New Zealand’s rubber industry trade association.
“The UK is an interesting market.
It’s very similar to New Zealand.
They have a lot of rubber, but the prices are a little bit lower.”
But the rubber tire market in New South Wales is relatively small, and it’s hard to say exactly how much rubber is in the state.
While the NSW Government has set the state’s import quota for rubber at 2.7 tonnes, the government says it can only legally import 10 tonnes.
“So, there’s some rubber in the market that is not coming in,” says Gao.
“But the amount of rubber that is imported from New South Australia is less than half that, so it’s not as big a deal.”
Rubber exports to New South Africa and elsewhere In the US, the industry is largely reliant on imports.
A small number of rubber companies operate in New Mexico, the country’s largest producer.
In California, there are three major rubber companies: the world’s largest manufacturer, General Rubber, and the US Rubber Institute.
“I think the biggest concern about this is that there’s no clear indication that New South Australians are being hurt, or being harmed, by imports from overseas,” says Peter Toulouse, vice-president of the Institute of Rubber, a trade association that represents the industry in Australia.
The institute estimates that between the 1990s and the 2000s, imports of rubber by New South Australian companies amounted to about 3.5 tonnes, and that the import quota is around 7 tonnes.
The trade body also estimates that imports of European rubber were up about 45 per cent between 2005 and 2013, and up almost 100 per cent in the US over the same period.
It is this lack of knowledge about the market, and its apparent unwillingness to act, that has led to a shortage of rubber imports.
“New South Australia has a relatively small market,” explains Toulousse.
“When you look at how much we import, we’re importing roughly half the rubber that the US imports.
That’s not the world average.”
While the industry’s export quotas remain fairly low, the lack of transparency has led the industry to develop an online community, called Rubber For All, to address the lack and help spread the word about the issue.
“We’ve had some very good discussions with the industry and the trade body and some of the Australian government, and we’ve been very, very successful,” says Toulade.
“In some cases, we’ve seen a lot more awareness around the issue than we would have in the past.”
Rubber for all has also put together a list of key companies that produce rubber and tyres in New Zeland.
“They’re looking at some of their products in New New South.
We’ve been told by the industry that the rubber companies don’t really know what’s going on in New Ireland.
It could be a product from the UK or an EU-made product, so we have to work with the trade bodies to understand what’s happening,” says George Killebrew, vice president of Rubber for All.
“Some of the rubber, or even some of our products, is actually made by China, so they may not be aware of New Zellas rubber.”
There are also concerns that New Zealand’s rubber prices are being manipulated.
“There’s a lot about the rubber price, because it’s so high, that’s very difficult to monitor.
It does get out of control,” says Killeburn.
“This is a huge market for New Zealand, and to be able to see the rubber prices in a more comprehensive way, it helps us to understand the situation.”
One of the more contentious issues is that, although there are restrictions on the supply of imported tyres, the import of tyres is not legally required.
This is because the US government has not yet regulated rubber exports.
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