In early 2010, I predicted price increases on truck tires because of production issues regarding natural rubber, which traded at around $1.42/lb. at the time.  About a year later, I wrote another column about weather impacting the price of natural rubber (NR)—and it hit an all-time high of $2.81/lb. just a short time later.  Between 2010 and 2011, the price of natural rubber doubled; as a result, every company announced at least one price increase citing the rise in raw ...

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