HOUSTON (July 30, 2009)—The International Rubber Study Group and the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers Inc. have released the 2008 version of the study “Demand for Natural Rubber (NR) and various forms of Synthetic Rubber (SR).”
The document is the result of another period of close cooperation between the IRSG and the IISRP aimed at developing projections of demand for major types of SR for key consuming regions over a five year period.
The researchers present their views on likely economic developments in nine key regions over the period 2009-2013, while detailed vehicle and tire production trends are also provided.
From here, forecasts of rubber usage are split between NR and SR in both segments of the market. The next component of the study disaggregates projections of total SR use into demand by major type. This step is achieved using historic data on elastomer usage by type and an econometric approach. In each part of the methodology described, detailed data-sets, in both chart and table format, along with commentary, are provided.
Elastomers considered in the study are the following five solid forms: styrene-butadiene rubber, polybutadiene rubber, ethylene-propylene diene rubber, nitrile rubber and polychloroprene rubber. The key regions covered in this publication, for which detailed projections out to 2013 are available, are as follows: North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, China, India, Japan, Other Asia & Oceania and Middle East & Africa.
The study is available exclusively to members of the IRSG and the IISRP, from whom further details can be obtained.