Production of natural rubber (NR) in January 2012 was recorded at 85,026 tonnes. Production increased by 5,300 tonnes (+6.6%) compared to the previous month whereas for year-on-year, it decreased by 23,690 tonnes (-21.8%). The smallholding sector was the main producer of NR at 92.6 per cent while the estate sector contributed 7.4 per cent. The highest producer of NR in estates were Negeri Sembilan (21.4%) followed by Kedah (21.1%) and Perak (17.6%).
In January 2012, exports of NR was recorded at 56,564 tonnes. Exports dropped 19,580 tonnes (-25.7%) from the previous month and 21,579 tonnes (-27.6%) from a year ago. Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R.) was the main contributor of NR exports with a total of 94.3 per cent where 42.0 per cent consists of S.M.R. 20.
A large portion of the total NR exports was to the People's Republic of China 14,316 tonnes, Federal Republic of Germany 9,373 tonnes, Republic of Korea 3,193 tonnes, Brazil 2,788 tonnes, U.S.A. 2,742 tonnes, Finland 2,742 tonnes, Netherlands 1,495 tonnes, France 1,495 tonnes and Turkey 1,376 tonnes. Total exports to these countries accounted for 69.9 per cent of the overall NR exports.
A total of 54,638 tonnes of NR was imported in January 2012, reduced by 8,280 tonnes (-13.2%) from December 2011. Imports also dropped by 22.6 per cent when compared to a year ago. Latex concentrate was the main type of rubber imported and constituted 43.3 per cent of total imports.
NR was imported mainly from Thailand (65.2%), followed by Viet Nam (11.7%), Philippines (5.8%) and Myanmar (5.0%).
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
Domestic consumption of NR in January 2012 was recorded at 34,940 tonnes, went up by 1,037 tonnes (+3.1%) from December 2011. However, compared to the same month in 2011, domestic consumption shrank by 0.9 per cent.
The major NR consuming industries for January 2012 were rubber gloves 68.4 per cent, rubber thread 8.3 per cent and tyre & tubes 7.3 per cent. The total consumption for these three industries constituted 84.0 per cent of the overall domestic consumption of NR.
At the end of January 2012, the level of stocks was recorded at 152,097 tonnes a small increase of 8,640 tonnes (+6.0%), compared to the level of stocks held last month. Nevertheless, the level of stocks registered a decrease of 14.8 per cent when compared to a year ago.
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM
(Noon Quotations - "F.O.B")
The average monthly price of NR in January 2012 shows a small increase compared to the previous month. The average price of latex concentrate was recorded at 671.26 sen, increased 3.00 sen (+0.4%) from December 2011 but it dropped 326.12 sen (-32.7%) when compared to January 2011.
The average price of S.M.R. 20 also went up by 20.37 sen (+2.0%) to 1,056.58 sen when compared month-on-month, whilst year-on-year it dropped 523.75 sen (-33.14%).
The number of persons engaged in rubber estates at the end of January 2012 was 12,305 of which 12,303 were paid employees with total salaries & wages paid amounting to RM16.2 million. The number of paid employees increased by 13.0 per cent from December 2011 and 13.9 per cent from January 2011.
In January 2012, the ratio of total production to total area tapped was 144.1 kilogram per hectare (kg/ha). Compared to December 2011, productivity recorded an increase of 11.2 per cent, whilst year-on-year, productivity rose by 7.8 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 January 2012 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the February 2012 publication.