CONTROLS: Confession

The Government, long confident that synthetic rubber would be plentiful enough to compensate for cutbacks in natural rubber, last week had a confession to make: the Government's synthetic output was expanding more slowly than expected. Therefore, the National Production Authority told manufacturers that they will get 13% less synthetic in early 1951 than they had expected.

That word was barely out when NPA had more bad news. To free more rubber for the stockpile, it ordered manufacturers to cut their use of natural rubber by 11% in January and 22% in February. The...

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