“The company receives full cooperation from MTEC research team and experts at the early stage of manufacturing processes. Apart from this cooperation, we can deliver the products to the customers and builds on another collaborative project on the development of para-rubber products. The company has joined hands with the governmental sector in response to the policies of stabilizing the rubber price, purchasing latex from the farmers at appropriate price, and developing sustainable natural rubber plantation”

Mr. Chalerm Kokanutaporn

Managing Director,

Thai Eastern Rubber Company Limited

Thai Eastern Rubber Company Limited produces concentrated latex of 60% dry rubber content with its annual capacity of 30,000 tonnes. The latex can be categorized into three types based on the ammonia contents, i.e., high ammonia, medium ammonia, and low ammonia.

Thai Eastern Rubber Company has received technology transfer for the production of ultra-low ammonia latex (ULA) from MTEC. The company produces ULA latex on a commercial scale and has sold it to Tipco Asphalt Public Company Limited to process its ULA-PARA AC products used for road construction.

Mr. Chalerm Kokanutaporn, Managing Director, recounts that the government has promoted the use of natural rubbers in road constructions. To help meet this policy, the company collaborates with MTEC to initiate an innovative technology to blend the natural rubber into asphalt for efficient construction. The ULA latex has also been applied in the asphalt manufacturing processes in Tipco Asphalt Public Company Limited. This work promotes the use of natural rubber in the country, improves the quality of rubber farmer’s life and stabilizes the rubber prices.

“The ULA latex is certified to standard and safety products with eco-friendly features to the community. The company has received technology transfers from MTEC in manufacturing techniques and manufacturing process management for on-time delivery of ULA latex.”

“ULA latex is an innovative product that promotes the company’s images of green industry and sustainable rubber. The company can minimize the ammonia odors in asphalt manufacturing and blending processes, thus generating positive impacts on the surrounding communities. This work responds to the company’s sustainable product policy that provides environmental and labor safety, transparency and well operations. The policy also focuses on every stage of supply-chain development, including internal process improvement to develop innovative products that meet the customer needs in the future.”

“The company receives full cooperation from MTEC research team and experts at the early stage of manufacturing processes. Apart from this cooperation, we can deliver the products to the customers and builds on another collaborative project on the development of para-rubber products. The company has joined hands with the governmental sector in response to the policies of stabilizing the rubber price, purchasing latex from the farmers at appropriate price, and developing sustainable natural rubber plantation”

The government should provide budget support for para-rubber road projects. Not only the government promotes the use of para-rubber across the country, but it also helps diversify the application of eco-friendly latex. Some countries, e.g., Netherland and USA, promote the uses of para rubber in road construction sites because of its long-life time, surface protection against dust, and low maintenance costs. In addition, it helps preserve the pavement against weathering and wear by rains.

“Through the cooperation with MTEC, Thai Eastern Rubber Company has planned to set up TEG Academy Center under the concept of collaborative R&D efforts with customers. The purposes are to improve manufacturing processes and innovations guided by rubber and palm oil consultants in the projects, to apply in the real manufacturing processes and to transfer know-how of rubber and palm oil plantations to the famers for producing quality agricultural outputs. While contributing to the supply-chain development, it also foster sustainable development in the rubber and oil industry.”

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