KUALA LUMPUR (Dec. 2, 2009)—Supplies of natural rubber from the eight largest NR-producing countries decreased by 5.1 percent in aggregate for the year through October 2009, according to the latest statistics from the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries.
Total NR production from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka and Cambodia totaled 8.7 million metric tons through Oct. 31, 2009, compared with 9.2 million metric tons for the same 10-month period in 2008, the ANRPC said. The biggest drop in production came from Malaysia, which produced 879,000 metric tons, a 20.6-percent decrease compared with the 1.07 million tons it produced in 2008.
Three countries increased production during the period. They were: China, up 22.8 percent to 646,000 metric tons; Sri Lanka, up 3.6 percent to 133,000 metric tons; and Cambodia, up 83.2 percent to 35,000 metric tons.
Together the eight countries of the ANRPC account for 93 percent of world NR production, the association said.