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Old rubber gets new sheen in S'pore

The sector is seeing a major shift, with family-run firms giving way to new corporatised outfits and the emergence of synthetic rubber

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Rubber towkays and board members of the rubber association (from left: Peter Tan, Tan Koh Young, Lim Kok Eng and Teddy Chua) near a bust of Henry Wickham, the British explorer who took 70,000 seeds from the rubber trees in Brazil to London.

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RUBBER production may have declined in Singapore, but the city-state continues to be at the forefront of the industry today: it trades the bulk of natural rubber in the world, and also sets the benchmark price for the commodity through the Singapore Exchange futures.

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