Malaysia is currently the world’s sixth largest producer of natural rubber after Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and India. Natural rubber production in Malaysia declined by 20.7% to 0.7 million tonnes in 2014 from 0.8 million tonnes in 2013. Exports recorded a decline of 10.5% for the same period. Nonetheless, Malaysia is still a net exporter of natural rubber. Consumers can look towards Malaysia as a source of supply for quality raw rubber of SMR (Standard Malaysian Rubber) grades, specialty rubber such as ENR, DPNR and TPENR and latex concentrates including Low Protein Latex.
Malaysia is the world’s ninth largest consumer of rubber and the seventh largest consumer of natural rubber (NR). The other countries in the top ten ranking include China, the USA, Japan, India, Thailand, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany and Republic of Korea. In terms of consumption of NR, Malaysia is behind China, India, the USA, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. Other major consumers of NR include Brazil, the Republic of Korea and Germany.With the availability of quality raw materials, political stability and good infrastructure and research and development (R&D) support from the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) and the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC), Malaysia remains a global player in rubber, supplying the world market with a wide range of rubber products.