MUMBAI, India (July 6, 2010)—India claims it moved ahead of the U.S. last year to become the world's second-largest consumer of natural rubber, behind China.
India's Rubber Board data for 2009 indicated China consumed 3.46 million metric tons of NR, followed by India at 905,000 tons and the U.S. at 687,000 tons. In 2008, China led with 2.94 million tons, with the U.S. second at 1.04 million tons and India at 881,000 tons.
Overall, said the Rubber Board, global NR consumption fell to 9.39 million tons in 2009 compared with 10.2 million tons in 2008. The organization said Indian rubber consumption would increase in 2010 to 978,000 tons because of higher production of truck and bus tires.