KUALA LUMPUR (Feb. 15, 2012)—Natural rubber production in Malaysia increased 17 percent to 79,726 metric tons in December 2011 from 68,161 the previous month, according to the latest figures from the Malaysian Bureau of Statistics.
Nevertheless, December 2011 NR production was still down 6.5 percent from December 2010's 85,231 tons, the agency said.
Malaysian NR exports for December 2011 totaled 76,144 tons, up 9,842 tons or 14.8 percent from November 2011, according to the bureau.
Exports were down 3,328 tons, or 4.2 percent, compared with December 2010. China accounted for 39 percent of exports, followed by Germany (12 percent), South Korea (5.3 percent), the U.S. (4.1 percent), Iran (3.7 percent), Belgium (2.5 percent), Brazil (2.4 percent) and Portugal (2.4 percent).
Standard Malaysian rubber constituted 94.2 percent of exports, with slightly more than half (52 percent) comprised of SMR 20, or tire-grade rubber, the bureau said.