In June 2012, total production of natural rubber (NR) rose by 15,993 tonnes (+22.9%) to 85,866 tonnes, as compared to the previous month. For year-on-year, a small increase of 0.6 per cent was recorded. The smallholding sector contributed 93.8 per cent of total NR while the the estate sector only 6.2 per cent. Kedah recorded the highest NR in estates (20.4%), followed by Negeri Sembilan (18.5%) and Perak (18.2%).
In June 2012, exports of NR was recorded at 60,131 tonnes, a decrease of 2,684 tonnes (-4.3%) from May 2012 and 8,460 tonnes (-12.3%) from June 2011. Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R.) dominated 95.1 per cent of total NR exports of which more than half consist of S.M.R. 20 (53.5 %).
NR was mainly exported to the Peopleâ€™s Rep. of China (34.7%), followed by Federal Rep. of Germany (16.2%), Islamic Rep. of Iran (7.0%), Rep. of Korea (4.3%), U.S.A. (4.2%), Belgium (2.8%), Brazil (2.8%) and Turkey (2.3%). The total exports to these countries accounted for 74.3 per cent of the overall NR exports.
Total imports of NR in June 2012 was 62,035 tonnes, reduced by 353 tonnes (-0.6%) as compared to the previous month. However, year on year, imports increased by 16,135 tonnes (+35.2%). Latex concentrate was the main type of NR imported at 26,068 tonnes (42.0%) of total imports.
NR was imported mainly from Thailand at 63.3 per cent, Viet Nam 14.2 per cent and Philippines 6.8 per cent. Total imports from these three countries accounted for 84.3 per cent of the overall NR imports.
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
The three industries with the highest consumption of NR were rubber gloves (65.9%), rubber thread (11.8%) and tyre & tubes (7.0%). These three industries consumed 30,354 tonnes (84.7%) of the overall domestic consumption in the country.
The level of stocks of NR recorded at the end of June 2012 rose by 5,524 tonnes (+5.0%) to 116,111 tonnes as compared to the previous month. However, the level of stocks reduced by 5,821 tonnes (-4.8%) against the level of stocks of last year.
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM
(Noon Quotations - F.O.B)
The average monthly price of G.M.M. 20 was recorded at 898.81 sen in June 2012, declined 12.8 per cent for month-on-month and 33.6 per cent for year-on-year.
At the end of June 2012, a total of 12,526 persons were engaged in the rubber estates of which 12,522 were paid employees earning salaries & wages amounting to RM14.9 million. The total number of paid employees shrank by 0.4 per cent when compared to the previous month whereas year-on-year, it went up by 13.7 per cent.
The productivity of NR production in estates increased by 39.1 per cent to 122.8 kilogram per hectare (kg/ha) in June 2012 when compared to May 2012. Year-on-year, productivity showed a small increase of 5.4 per cent.
1. This report can be accessed through the website of the Department of Statistics, Malaysia (https://www.dosm.gov.my) under the section: Statistical Releases.
2. Data for June 2012 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the July 2012 publication.