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Industry Overview

World Rubber Production, Consumption and Trade


Production

  • The total world production of rubber in 2019 declined by 1.3% to 28.8 million tonnes from 29.2 million tonnes in 2018.
  • The ratio of natural rubber (NR) to synthetic rubber (SR) produced in 2019 was 47:53. Malaysia ranked seventh in the world for rubber production.

 

Consumption

  • World consumption of rubber in 2019 declined by 0.5% to 29.0 million tonnes from 29.2 million tonnes in 2018.
  • The ratio of NR to SR consumed in 2019 was 47:53. China, USA, India, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Germany and Russia were the top 10 consumers of rubber in 2019.

 

Trade

  • Global imports of rubber declined by 3.6% to 22.2 million tonnes in 2019 from 23.0 million tonnes in 2018 while exports of rubber reduced to 21.5 million tonnes from 21.9 million tonnes during the same period.

 


Chart 1: World Production and Consumption of Rubber, 2012 – 2019
(million tonnes)

World Production and Consumption of Rubber

 


Chart 2: World Trade in Rubber, 2012 – 2019
(million tonnes)

World Trade in Rubber