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World Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber

In 2015, total world production of rubber was estimated at 26.7 million tonnes, growing at an annual average rate of 1.7% from 23.4 million tonnes in 2007. Natural rubber, with production estimated at 12.3 million tonnes, accounted for 46% of world rubber production, while synthetic rubber production accounted for 54%, with production in 2015 estimated at 14.5 million tonnes. In the past three quarters of 2016, the total world production of rubber reached 19.8 million tonnes, 0.9% higher than the production in the previous year, at 19.6 million tonnes.

Chart 1: World Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber, 2010-2016 (thousand tonnes)

World Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber

Source: International Rubber Study Group (IRSG)

 

Malaysia's Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber

Consumption

Malaysia is the world's seventh largest consumer of rubber and natural rubber (NR) in 2015.The other countries in the top ten ranking include China, the USA, Japan, India, Thailand, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia and South Korea.In terms of consumption of NR, Malaysia is behind China, India, the USA, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.Other major consumers of NR include Brazil, South Korea and Germany.

With the availability of quality raw materials, political stability and good infrastructure and research and development (R&D) support from the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) and the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC), Malaysia remains a global player in rubber, supplying the world market with a wide range of rubber products.

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Production

Malaysia is the world's fifth largest producer of NR after Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and China.NR production in Malaysia increased by 4.1% from 0.67 million tonnes in 2014 to 0.72 million tonnes in 2015.Exports of NR recorded a decline of 6.5% from 1.2 million tonnes in 2014 to 1.1 million tonnes in 2015.

In the past three quarters of 2016, NR production in Malaysia amounted to 0.47 million tonnes as compared to 0.53 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2015.Meanwhile, exports of NR reached 0.74 million tonnes in the past three quarters of 2016 as compared to 0.85 million tonnes in 2015.Nonetheless, Malaysia is still a net exporter of NR.Consumers can look towards Malaysia as a source of supply for quality raw rubber of SMR (Standard Malaysian Rubber) grades, specialty rubber such as ENR, DPNR and TPENR and latex concentrates including Low Protein Latex.

Chart 2: Malaysia's Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber, 2010-2016 (thousand tonnes)

Malaysia Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber

Source: International Rubber Study Group (IRSG)

 

Rubber Products

Exports

Exports of rubber products from Malaysia surpassed RM15 billion in 2014 and reached nearly RM18 billion in 2015. Exports of rubber products in 2015 recorded a positive growth of 18.6% year-on-year, contributed mainly by a strong increase in exports of rubber gloves which accounted for 72.8% of the total exports of rubber products in the year. The strong growth in exports of rubber products from Malaysia in 2015 was also fuelled by significant increases in exports of other rubber products in the latex goods category namely condoms and latex threads. In the non-latex goods category, tyres, footwear, tubes, pipes and hoses as well as seals and gaskets reported strong export performance. Nonetheless, the latex goods remained the largest contributor to Malaysian exports of rubber products, reaching RM14.6 billion in 2015. Rubber gloves under the latex goods category continued to contribute significantly to total exports of rubber products, reaching RM13.1 billion in export value or 72.8% of the total value of all rubber products exported.

Chart 3: Malaysia's Exports of Rubber Products, 2010-2016 (RM million)

Malaysia Exports of Rubber Products

Source: Department of Statistics (DOS), Malaysia

Chart 4: Malaysia's Exports of Non-Latex Goods, 2010-2016 (RM million)

Malaysia Exports of Non-Latex Goods

Source: Department of Statistics (DOS), Malaysia

Destination

Malaysian rubber products are currently exported to more than 190 countries globally.The United States (USA), Germany and Japan remained the largest markets for Malaysian rubber products, accounting for 40% of Malaysia's total exports of rubber products.Other important markets for Malaysian rubber products include China, the United Kingdom (UK), Australia and Brazil.

Chart 5: Malaysia's Exports of Rubber Products by Destination, 2015

Malaysia Exports of Rubber Products by Destination in 2015

Source: Department of Statistics (DOS), Malaysia

 

Malaysia's Export of Selected Rubber Products

Malaysia is globally renowned for its high quality and competitively priced rubber products.Malaysian rubber products manufacturers comprise multinationals and joint ventures from various countries including the USA, Europe and Japan, as well as locally-owned enterprises.These companies supply a whole range of rubber products including medical gloves, automotive components, hoses and structural bearings.

Malaysia remain the world's leading supplier for medical gloves (examination and surgical gloves), satisfying more than 50% of global demand.Malaysia is also the world's leading supplier of foley catheters and the second largest exporter of condoms and latex threads (in value terms).Latex thread is mainly used in the apparel industry as elastic bands and supports.Other latex products produced in Malaysia include teats and soothers as well as finger stalls.Malaysia also produces an extensive range of industrial rubber products such as hoses, beltings, seals, wires and cables for the global market.

 

 

Table : Malaysia's Export of Selected Rubber Products, 2010 – 2016 (Jan – Aug)

Rubber Product

Value (RM Million)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

(Jan-Oct)

Gloves, Other Than Surgical Gloves

7,930.1

8,817.0

9,489.2

9,363.2

9,436.5

11,764.8

9,742.6

Surgical Gloves

985.4

1,074.5

1,070.6

1,170.3

1,265.4

1,332.2

1,163.4

Tubes, Pipes and Hoses

314.0

416.8

422.1

435.4

520.3

656.3

552.4

Latex Thread

785.5

848.2

674.9

575.4

445.6

515.9

405.0

Sheath Contraceptives

282.8

277.1

336.8

354.0

325.5

431.0

321.8

Catheters

126.4

149.1

211.0

316.6

428.1

311.2

165.4

Seals and Gaskets

70.7

73.8

72.9

84.5

93.5

137.3

150.1

Foam Products

80.6

74.5

73.0

82.4

96.5

106.9

98.4

Precured Tread

74.2

58.5

44.7

42.4

97.7

97.6

78.8

Belting

56.6

54.9

70.0

42.8

39.2

32.2

28.5

Wire, Cable and Other Electrical Conductors

25.8

30.7

37.1

36.0

25.7

33.3

27.2

Finger Stalls

18.4

13.5

13.5

13.0

14.5

19.3

17.2

Teats & Soothers

12.4

11.8

12.9

17.0

8.3

15.5

12.2

Source: Department of Statistics (DOS), Malaysia

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