KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (June 14, 2010)—Malaysia produced 54,530 metric tons of natural rubber in April 2010, down 22.5 percent from the 70,318 metric tons the nation produced in March 2010, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Statistics Malaysia.
However, the April figure was up 8.9 percent from the 50,063 metric tons produced in April 2009, the agency said.
Malaysian NR exports in April 2010 fell 25.3 percent to 68,452 metric tons compared with March 2010, according to the bureau. But April 2010 exports were up a whopping 49.9 percent compared with April 2009, it said.
China was the main customer for Malaysian NR in April 2010, buying 26.7 percent of the total, the bureau said. Other major customers, in descending order, were Germany, the U.S., South Korea, the Netherlands, Brazil, France, Finland and Portugal.
The price of Standard Malaysian Rubber 20 stood at $3.18 per kilogram in April 2010, up 0.7 percent from March 2010 but 89.9 percent from April 2009, the bureau said.