ERJ staff report (DS)
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's production of natural rubber (NR) in September fell by 6.3 percent to 72,846 tonnes compared with a year previously.
The smallholdings sector is the biggest producer of Malaysia's NR (92.8 percent) compared to the estates sector (7.2 percent). Negeri Sembilan is ahead of other states in production of NR on estates (20.7 percent), followed by Kedah (17.9 percent) and Perak (17.6 percent).
September exports amounted to 60,337 tonnes, a year-on-year decline of 18,918 tonnes (-23.9 percent). NR was mainly exported to the People's Rep. of China (42.6 percent), followed by Federal Rep. of Germany (16.2 percent), Islamic Rep. of Iran (5.6 percent), Rep. of Korea (4.1 percent), US (3.7 percent) and Portugal (2.7 percent) whereas France, South Africa, Belgium and Brazil 1.8 percent respectively.
September imports amounted to 79,968 tonnes and increase of 15,575 tonnes (+24.2 percent) as compared to September 2011. NR was imported mainly from Thailand at 48.8 percent and Viet Nam 26.8 percent. These two countries accounted for 75.6 percent of the total NR imports in September 2012.
Domestic consumption of NR in September 2012 was 37,063 tonnes an increase of 4,429 tonnes (+13.6 percent) when compared to a year ago. The rubber gloves industry was the highest consuming industry of NR at 25,514 tonnes (68.8 percent), followed by rubber thread (8.8 percent) and tyre & tubes (7.0 percent). These three industries consumed more than half of the overall domestic consumption in the country with a total of 31,381 tonnes (84.6 percent).
In September 2012, the average monthly price of latex concentrate was recorded at 586.71 sen per kilogramme, up by 19.26 sen (+3.4 percent) when compared to August 2012. Nevertheless, the average price of latex concentrate dropped from a year ago at 268.19 sen (-31.4 percent).
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Press release from Malaysia's statistics office