Funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology (JST), the project is being implemented between April 2011 – March 2016 in collaboration with Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Rubber Research Institute of Vietnam (RRIV).
In cooperation with Japan’s Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), the project aims to support Vietnam to establish a “TCVN standard for protein-free natural rubber”.
As many as 50 senior members of Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) companies, scientists from HUST, RRIV and NUT have attended the event, hearing the latest research developments on the evaluation methods for natural rubber, as well as methods of purification for rubber material and developing highly functional polymer, and sharing Japanese needs and knowledge on rubber production with Vietnam’s rubber industry.
“At present, there is no national standard for protein - free natural rubber by which we measure the safety level of the rubber products. The latest research on the ‘de-proteinization’ method conducted by Japanese and Vietnamese researchers of the project will help to establish the standard on protein-free natural rubber in Vietnam,” said Ms. Ngo Thi Ngoc Ha, Deputy Director of Vietnam Standards and Quality Institute.
Products made from natural rubber are environmentally friendly. However, they may cause “latex allergy”. The degree of allergy varies according to the users’ sensitivity and the total length of use.
This project is a joint research between Vietnamese and Japanese scientists with five research groups, to develop an evaluation method for natural rubber, method for purification of rubber material, highly functional polymer, advanced technology for rubber industryl wastewater treatment, and bio-fuel from waste rubber wood.
Besides, it also assists Vietnam to substitute natural rubber for synthetic rubber, which is made from fossil resources. As products from natural rubber are environment friendly, this move will contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to “green” development in Vietnam./.