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Industry Overview

World Rubber Production, Consumption and Trade


Production

  • Total world production of rubber increased by 2.0% to 29.1 million tonnes in 2018 compared to 28.6 million tonnes in 2017.
  • The ratio of natural rubber (NR) to synthetic rubber (SR) produced in 2018 was 48:52. Malaysia ranked sixth in the world for rubber production.

 

Consumption

  • World consumption of rubber increased by 1.9% to 29.2 million tonnes in 2018 from 28.4 million tonnes in 2017.
  • The ratio of NR to SR consumed in 2018 was 47:53. China, India, USA, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Germany were the top 10 consumers of rubber in 2018.

 

Trade

  • Global imports of rubber rose by 0.4% to 23.0 million tonnes in 2018 from 22.9 million tonnes in 2017 while exports of rubber remained at 22.0 million tonnes in 2018.

 


Chart 1: World Production and Consumption of Rubber, 2011 – 2018
(million tonnes)

World Production, Consumption in Rubber

 


Chart 2: World Trade in Rubber, 2011 – 2018
(million tonnes)

World Trade in Rubber