Malaysia's natural rubber (NR) production in November 2012 was recorded at 75,224 tonnes, decreased by 8,367 tonnes (-10.0%) from October 2012. However, it increased by 7,063 tonnes (+10.4%) from a year ago. Production of NR by the smallholdings sector contributes 94.3 per cent whilst the estates sector only 5.7 per cent. The highest producer of NR on estates was Kedah (21.6%), followed by Perak (17.4%) and Negeri Sembilan (16.0%).
In November 2012, exports of Malaysia's NR amounted to 65,043 tonnes. Exports decreased by 1,633 tonnes (-2.4%) from the previous month and 1,259 tonnes (-1.9%) from the previous year. Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R.) contributed 94.3 per cent of the total NR exports with 59.3 per cent comprised of S.M.R. 20.
NR was mainly exported to the People's Rep. of China (44.3%), followed by Federal Rep. of Germany (12.5%), Islamic Rep. of Iran (9.4%), U.S.A. (5.7%), Rep. of Korea (4.3%), Turkey (3.0%) and Mexico (1.6%). The total exports to these countries represents more than half of the overall NR exports.
The total imports of NR in November 2012 amounted to 92,361 tonnes, dropped 700 tonnes (-0.8%) from October 2012 but increased by 32,535 tonnes (+54.4%) from November 2011. Standard Rubber and Latex Concentrate was the main type of NR imported at 30.3 per cent and 31.7 per cent respectively.
Thailand and Viet Nam were the main supplier of NR at 54.7 per cent and 20.4 per cent respectively. These two countries accounted for 75.1 per cent of the total imports of NR.
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
In November 2012, the total domestic consumption of NR reduced by 674 tonnes (-1.8%) as compared to the previous month at a total of 37,527 tonnes. However, the domestic consumption of NR increased by 3,709 tonnes (+11.0%) from a year ago.
The highest consuming industry of NR was the rubber gloves industry at 26,075 tonnes (69.4%), followed by rubber thread (10.2%) and tyre & tubes (5.4%). These three industries consumed more than half of the overall domestic consumption in the country with a total of 31,913 tonnes (85.0%).
At the end of November 2012, the level of NR stocks was recorded at 162,150 tonnes rose by 13,714 tonnes (+9.2%) as compared to the previous month. NR stocks also increased by 26,278 tonnes (+19.3%) when compared to the level of stocks a year ago.
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM
(Noon Quotations - F.O.B)
The average monthly price of latex concentrate in November 2012 was recorded at 560.95 sen per kilogramme, dropped 55.25 sen (-9.0%) from October 2012. The price of latex concentrate also dropped 131.43 sen (-19.0%) from November 2011.
The average monthly price of G.M.M. 20 which was recorded at 840.35 sen per kilogramme also decreased by 47.06 sen (-5.3%) when compared to month-on-month and 206.93 sen (-19.8%) for year-on-year.
A total of 12,525 persons were engaged in the rubber estates at the end of November 2012, where 12,522 persons were paid employees with salaries and wages paid amounting to RM13.2 million. The number of paid employees rose by 0.3 per cent from October 2012 and 12.7 per cent from November 2011.
The productivity of NR production on estates was recorded at 102.3 kilogramme per hectare in November 2012, decreased by 30.4 kilogramme per hectare (-22.9%) from the previous month and 9.2 kilogramme per hectare (-8.3%) from the previous year.
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 November 2012 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the December 2012 publication.