Is there a need for a domestic supply of natural rubber?

H. Colvin
Colvin Consultants,
United States

Keywords: rubber, bio-based materials


Alternatives for Hevea natural rubber have been researched, and to some extent implemented at various times over the past 100 years. In the early days of the 20th century, a major source of natural rubber used in the United States was guayule which was grown in Mexico and the southwest portion of the US. This presentation will give a brief history of the use of alternative natural rubbers followed by a discussion of issues to be considered in determining the need for a domestic natural rubber industry.