POSTWAR: Room for Rubber

John Lyon Collyer, president of B. F. Goodrich Co., celebrated the third anniversary of his first synthetic-tire sale with a significant look at the future for all kinds of rubber. He forecast a world rubber demand of at least 2,000,000 tons a year—almost twice the world's peak prewar consumption.

To prove his forecast's reasonableness Mr. Collyer pointed out that before the war China's annual per capita rubber consumption was only .03 lb., Russia's only .3 lb. v. a 10-lb. average for U.S. citizens. With even a slight increase in foreign consumption, synthetic rubber and natural rubber could live together in peace...

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