Overview of the Global Use of Raw Materials, Polymers, Compounding Ingredients, and Chemical Intermediates is the subtitle of this book that provides a complete and exhaustive current overview of the chemical supply chain for the global rubber industry. It also reviews the present and future international changes and their effects on this chemical supply chain for rubber producers, compounding ingredient manufacturers, custom mixers, rubber fabricators, moulders, extruders and others.The reader will be enabled to understand the chemical connectivity of rubber compounding materials to their chemical feedstocks. The reader should also be able to directly link new commercial changes in 175 commonly used chemical feedstocks to hundreds of different rubber compounding ingredients and polymers. The book covers general purpose and speciality elastomers, thermoplastic elastomers and polyurethanes.Further chapters are dedicated to additives, process oils, curatives, and intermediate feedstock. The book is also very useful as it explains in simple terms the chemistry involved in the manufacture of elastomers. The authors explain why various rubber chemicals and polymers are used, what comparative advantages they provide to the rubber industry and competing uses they have in other industries.A useful glossary of acronyms is included as well. The authors of this recommendable book are highly appreciated experts with decades of experience in the elastomer industry. John Dick was with BF Goodrich and Uniroyal before joining Monsanto's Rubber Instruments Group, which is today Alpha Technologies.Charles Rader served AES and Monsanto for about 40 years. He was a key member of the team that commercialised Santoprene.