Thursday, April 21, 2016

SAUDI TURF TEAM Rubber History

SAUDI TURF TEAM Rubber History

 Where does rubber come from ?

The hevea tree - hevea brasiliensis - is originating from Brazil. It was exploited in the wild state there till the beginning of the XXth century. When a tree matures at the age of 6 or 7 years, the latex is collected from a diagonal incision in the tree trunk i.e. the tapping process. This action does not affect the health of the tree and the tree wound later heals itself.

On the other hand, the hévéaculture developed from the end of the XIXth century in Southeast Asia: in 1876, seedlings of hevea were shipped to India, Ceylon, Singapore and Java and the year after in Malaysia.

Today, the production in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia represents about 70 % of the world production of natural rubber.

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