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Industry Overview

World Rubber Production, Consumption and Trade


Production

  • Global production of rubber grew at an average annual growth rate of 2.7% to 28.4 million tonnes in 2017 from 25.3 million tonnes in 2011.
  • Natural rubber (NR) accounted for 53% of world rubber production in 2017 with 15.0 million tonnes.
  • Synthetic rubber (SR) made up 47% of global production of rubber in 2017 with 13.4 million tonnes.
  • In the first half of 2018, total world production of rubber increased by 3.3% to 14.1 million tonnes from 13.6 million tonnes in the corresponding period of 2017.
  • Major rubber producing countries are Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Cote d'Ivoire, Myanmar, Brazil and Cambodia

 

Consumption

  • World consumption of rubber in 2017 increased by 3.3% year-on-year (yoy) to 28.4 million tonnes from 27.5 million tonnes in 2016.
  • Total NR consumption increased by 4.4% yoy to 13.2 million tonnes in 2017.
  • Total SR consumption grew by 2.4% yoy to 15.2 million tonnes in 2017.
  • China, USA, India, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Germany and Russia were the top 10 consumers of rubber in 2017.

 

Trade

  • Rubber imports rose by 10.4% to 22.9 million tonnes in 2017 from 20.7 million tonnes in 2016.
  • Global exports of rubber rose to 22.0 million tonnes in 2017, a 9.7% increase from 2016.

 


Chart 1: World Production, Consumption in Rubber, 2011 – 2018 (Jan - June)
(million tonnes)

World Production, Consumption in Rubber

 


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

World Trade in Rubber