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Natural rubber usually is grown on plantations in hot, moist
climates. Most of the world's natural rubber is grown in the Far
East, primarily Indonesia and Malaysia. Although natural rubber
still accounts for some of the rubber used today, synthetic rubber
is used more widely. Synthetic rubber can be produced at a cost
that makes it competitive with natural rubber, and synthetic rubber
has more applications. For example, some synthetic rubber has
superior air retention, an important consideration in the
manufacturing of tires and many other rubber products. The United
States is the world's leading producer of synthetic rubber,
accounting for more than a quarter of world production.
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