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Natural rubber derived from latex of the Hevea brasiliensis tree constitutes over 30% of the world's rubber hydrocarbon consumption. Goodyear's discovery of vulcanization in 1839 sparked an industry that was to grow dramatically at the turn of the 20th century with the advent of the bicycle and automobile industries. The transfer of Hevea by Wickham from South America to the Orient and the development of superior tapping methods by Ridley contributed greatly to the domestication and output of the natural rubber (NR) industry.

Plantation rubber from Southeast Asia thus provided abundant quantities until World War II. Competition from the synthetic rubber industry, owing to cheap oil (until 1973) and the fast-growing world market in the last 40 years, eroded NR's technoeconomic share of the market. Dynamic production and agronomic programs by the NR industry, especially in Malaysia, are spearheading efforts to meet projected demands for NR in the future, while NR presented in Technically Specified presentation forms now constitutes over 50% of world consumption.
The contribution to increased world NR supplies is manifest in the growing smallholder output and constitutes an important socioeconomic element in developing countries.

Pre-Civil war in Sierra Leone the British company Tate & Lyle embarked on a feasibility study to form a natural rubber market in the country and establish rubber plantations, however due to the outbreak of both civil war and the recent Ebola outbreak the country has never been stable enough for this potential to be realised.

However, it is hoped that as a company Raw Exports Ltd can create and rehabilitate this industry within Sierra Leone, and help impoverished communities within remote areas of the country to develop themselves and create a sustainable livelihood whilst protecting the environments in which they reside.