KUALA LUMPUR (June 13, 2011)—Malaysia produced 62,363 metric tons of natural rubber in April 2011, up 18.3 percent from the production figures in April 2010, according to the latest figures from the Malaysian Department of Statistics.
More than 95 percent of the NR produced came from smallholders, the agency said. Exports for the month rose 44.8 percent to 99,112 metric tons, and 58 percent of those exports were Standard Malaysian Rubber 20, or tire-grade rubber, it said.
Despite the strong increases in production and exports comparing April 2011 and April 2010, for the year to date both production and exports were down slightly, the agency said.
China was the biggest customer for Malaysian NR in April 2011, claiming 47.6 percent of the total, the agency said. Germany was second, with 12.7 percent; South Korea third, with 4.8 percent; and the U.S. fourth, with 3.8 percent.