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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 half of 2021 increased by 12.2% to 14.1 million tonnes from 12.6 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • The ratio of natural rubber (NR) to synthetic rubber (SR) produced for the first six months of 2021 was 44:56. Malaysia ranked seventh in the world for natural rubber production.

 

Consumption

  • World consumption of rubber for the first half of 2021 increased by 19.3% to 14.8 million tonnes from 12.4 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • The ratio of natural rubber (NR) to synthetic rubber (SR) consumed for the first six months of 2021 was 46:54. China, USA, India, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and Russia were the top 10 consumers of rubber in 2021.

 

Trade

  • Global imports of rubber for the first half of 2021 increased by 21.3% to 11.9 million tonnes from 9.8 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • Global exports of rubber for the first half of 2021 increased by 19.6% to 11.2 million tonnes from 9.4 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2020.

 


World Production and Consumption of Rubber

 


World Trade in Rubber