On September 12 of 2016, the Thai Industrial Standards Institute issued a certificate for “Rubber Tiles (Futsal arena),” invented by Satun Rubber Fund Cooperatives. PSU Natural Rubber Innovation Research Institute (PSU NR-NRI) together with a network of Department of Industrial Promotion, Thai Industrial Standards Institute, Satun Rubber Fund Cooperatives has provided support of the making of this product by designating Mr. Chaloemkiert Chuaysang to undertake the pioneer operation which took over a year to reach operation. The certificate will facilitate procurement process by the government.
Associate Professor Azizon Kaesaman, director of PSU Natural Rubber Innovation Research Institute (PSU NR-NRI), stated that the rubber tiles serve as a prototype and a proof that rubber can be applied to various products for the cooperatives and private sectors to market further. The success encourages the use of local products and support labor and create income. Moreover, the research has prepared farmers for the transition from agriculture to integrated agro-industry.
The natural rubber processing plant, operated by Satun Rubber Fund Cooperatives, located at Kuan Kalong district, Satun Province, is an achievement of rubber farmer community who came together to solve the rubber economy crisis by turning raw material into viable products, with consultation from PSU NR-NRI. The rubber tiles have been used at multi-purpose arenas at all of PSU 5 campuses in 5 different provinces and 5 schools located in these provinces.