The century-old history of the world rubber industry can be roughly divided into four stages: formation period, development period, prosperity period and stable development period.
As early as the 11th century, people in South America began to use wild natural rubber. In the late 19th century, the invention of the automobile and its tyres gave a boost to the rubber industry. With the rapid development of rubber industry, the original wild natural rubber has been unable to meet the needs in terms of performance and yield. In the middle and late 19th century, artificial cultivation of natural rubber began. The artificial cultivated natural rubber gradually replaced the wild rubber and became the main source of natural rubber in the 1920s ~ 1930s. After the Second World War, automobile and other industries in developed countries sprang up vigorously, which promoted the great development of rubber industry in the world. In 1972, the production of aramid cord began. This series of major technological breakthroughs have provided raw materials and technical basis for the great development of rubber industry.
In the early 1970s, the production technology of rubber processing and rubber synthesis reached an unprecedented height.
From the consumption of rubber, in 1950, the world rubber consumption of 2.3 MT, reached 10.89 MT in 1973. In 1950, the total production of world tires was 140 million sets, and in 1973, it soared to 650 million sets. The production of other types of rubber products reached a high level in the early 1970s. This is the world rubber industry development speed fastest period. In the mid-1970s, oil prices seriously impacted the automobile industry and petrochemical industry, and the rubber industry then faced a crisis. The recession lasted until the early 1980s. The world glue consumption was 13.0 mT in 1979, decreased to 11.6 mT in 1982, and began to pick up slowly after 1982. The world rubber industry began to enter a relatively slow growth period. The main attention of rubber enterprises is transferred from expanding output to improving product quality and technical level, and developing new products and new technologies. With the rise of the new technological revolution in the world, the wide application of electronic computers has greatly improved the technical level of rubber production. The computer aided design of rubber products promotes the transition of rubber application technology from technique to science.
The wide application of thermoplastic rubber has promoted the fundamental change of traditional rubber process.
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