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Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC)
MRC Industry Overview

Industry Overview


World Rubber Production, Consumption and Trade


Production

  • World production of rubber for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 3.3% to 7.0 million tonnes from 6.8 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • The ratio of natural rubber (NR) to synthetic rubber (SR) produced for the first three months of 2021 was 45:55. Malaysia ranked sixth in the world for natural rubber production.

 

Consumption

  • World consumption of rubber for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 14.8% to 7.4 million tonnes from 6.5 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • The ratio of natural rubber (NR) to synthetic rubber (SR) consumed for the first three months of 2021 was 47:53. China, USA, India, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam and Russia were the top 10 consumers of rubber in 2021.

 

Trade

  • Global imports of rubber for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 12.7% to 6.2 million tonnes from 5.5 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • Global exports of rubber for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 11.0% to 5.8 million tonnes from 5.2 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2020.

 


World Production and Consumption of Rubber

 


World Trade in Rubber