Rubber centre a boost for motor industry

RUBBER PROJECT: At the launch of the Centre for Rubber Science and Technology at NMMU’s south campus are, from left, centre director Dr Percy Hlangothi, Dr Chris Crozier, of the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa, NMMU research associate Professor Chris Woolard and NMMU deputy vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Leitch
RUBBER PROJECT: At the launch of the Centre for Rubber Science and Technology at NMMU’s south campus are, from left, centre director Dr Percy Hlangothi, Dr Chris Crozier, of the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa, NMMU research associate Professor Chris Woolard and NMMU deputy vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Leitch

THE Nelson Mandela Bay motor industry has received a major boost with the launch of NMMU’s new Centre for Rubber Science and Technology at its south campus.

The centre will focus on providing analytical, technical services and training for the needs of rubber and tyre manufacturing industries in South Africa.

Centre director Dr Percy Hlangothi said it was committed to remaining relevant to the region’s needs.

“[It] will not only house research projects relevant to the industry and community needs, but will also offer learning programmes [short and long] and support services to benefit the industry,” he said.

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