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Vehicle makers struggling with pandemic-induced plant shutdowns and a global chip shortage are now confronting another supply chain headache: dwindling rubber supplies.

Snarled shipping lines are disrupting the movement of natural rubber, a key material used in tyres as well as components under the hood. With the global supply already running short after stockpiling by China and a devastating leaf disease, rubber prices are on the rise and some US automotive suppliers are rushing to secure shipments before the market gets squeezed further...

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