About International Rubber Research & Development Board
The International Rubber Research and Development Board (IRRDB) is a research and development network which brings together natural rubber research institutes in virtually all the natural rubber producing countries, covering 95 per cent of world natural rubber production. The experience of these institutes is that membership of the IRRDB introduces a valuable new dimension:

  • to enable them to join forces, on a flexible and deliberately informal basis,
  • to share their experiences and problems,
  • to avoid wasteful duplication of work,
  • to pool their financial resources, where appropriate, to perform activities which are too large or expensive for a single institute.

  • The origins of the IRRDB go back to 1934. The International Rubber Regulation Committee was formed to protect natural rubber producers from the effects of the extremely low prices of the mid 1930s: it attempted to regulate production and exports to adjust supply to match demand. The Committee also recognized the importance of encouraging properly targeted research and development. In 1937 it established the International Rubber Research Board to co-ordinate the work of national institutes and an International Rubber Development Committee to undertake commercial development of research findings. In 1960 these two bodies were fused to create the IRRDB.

    The IRRDB today covers all aspects of natural rubber, from the cultivation of Hevea to the development of new products.

    The Formal Structure

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    The IRRDB is a voluntary association of national organizations (Member Institutes) devoted to research and development on natural rubber. The countries in which these Institutes are located cover 96 per cent of world natural rubber production. The IRRDB conducts its business through a Board, which is responsible for all matters affecting the IRRDB, a Committee of Directors and Chief Executives, the function of which is to examine and discuss technical matters and to make recommendations to theBoard on such matters, and a Finance Committee. Activities of the IRRDB cover (i) exchanges of ideas between staff of Member Institutes at meetings organized by the IRRDB, (ii) activities initiated by the IRRDB’s specialized Groups, (iii) training, and (iv) major projects initiated by the IRRDB and carried out by one or more Member Institutes working together, in some cases with external funding; these projects constitute the IRRDB’s international research programme.The policies of the IRRDB are determined by a Board of representatives from each Member Institute. Technical advice to the Board is provided by a Committee of Directors and Chief Executives. Both bodies meet at least once a year. The Secretariat is located in premises belonging to one of the Member Institutes.The IRRDB’s operations are financed by contributions from each Member Institute according to the volume of rubber production in the institute’s country. By its own choice, the IRRDB is an informal organization. It has no national or international legal status but it does have a Constitution which defines its objectives and operating arrangements.

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