In October 2012 , the total production of natural rubber (NR) was recorded at 83,591 tonnes, increased by 10,745 tonnes (+14.8%) from the previous month. However, this month's production is 2,209 tonnes (-2.6%) lower than October 2011. A large portion of the NR production was produced by the smallholdings sector (93.3%) as compared to the estates sector (6.7%). The highest producer of NR on estates was Kedah (22.2%), followed by Negeri Sembilan (20.0%) and Perak (17.0%).
A total of 66,681 tonnes of NR was exported in October 2012. Exports increased by 6,344 tonnes (+10.5%) from the previous month but decreased by 12,286 tonnes (-15.6%) from October 2011. Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R.) contributed 94.6 per cent of the total NR exports with 55.6 per cent comprised of S.M.R. 20.
NR was mainly exported to the People's Rep. of China (42.6%), followed by Federal Rep. of Germany (14.5%), U.S.A. (5.6%), Islamic Rep. of Iran (4.4%), Rep. of Korea (3.4%), Portugal (2.9%) and Brazil as well as Mexico (2.3% respectively). The total exports to these countries represents more than half of the overall NR exports.
A total of 93,061 tonnes of NR was imported in October 2012, increased by 13,093 tonnes (+16.4%) when compared month-on-month and 31,938 tonnes (+52.3%) for year-on-year. Standard Rubber and Latex Concentrate was the main type of NR imported at 44.4 per cent and 31.9 per cent respectively.
NR was imported mainly from Thailand at 49.0 per cent and Viet Nam 28.5 per cent. These two countries accounted for 77.5 per cent of the total NR imports in October 2012.
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
In October 2012, the total domestic consumption of NR was recorded at 38,197 tonnes. Domestic consumption of NR shows an increase of 1,178 tonnes (+3.2%) when compared month-on-month and 2,656 tonnes (+7.5%) for year-on-year.
The rubber gloves industry was the highest consuming industry of NR at 26,033 tonnes (68.2%), followed by rubber thread (9.8%) and tyre & tubes (5.9%). These three industries consumed more than half of the overall domestic consumption in the country with a total of 32,030 tonnes (83.9%).
The level of NR stocks was recorded at 148,490 tonnes at the end of October 2012, rose by 14,439 tonnes (+10.8%) as compared to the previous month. NR stocks also increased by 9,045 tonnes (+6.5%) when compared to the level of stocks a year ago.
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM (Noon Quotations - F.O.B)
In October 2012, the average monthly price of latex concentrate was recorded at 616.20 sen per kilogramme, went up by 29.49 sen (+5.0%) when compared to September 2012. Nevertheless, average price of latex concentrate was lower than October 2011 by 189.80 sen (-23.5%).
The average monthly price of G.M.M. 20 was recorded at 887.41 sen per kilogramme, increased by 58.28 sen (+7.0%) when compared to month-on-month but dropped 374.54 sen (-29.7%) for year-on-year.
A total of 12,511 persons were engaged in the rubber estates at the end of October 2012, where 12,507 persons were paid employees with salaries and wages paid amounting to RM15.4 million. The number of paid employees rose by 0.6 per cent from September 2012 and 13.2 per cent from October 2011.
The productivity of NR production on estates was recorded at 132.8 kilogramme per hectare in October 2012, increased by 7.9 kilogramme per hectare (+6.3%) from the previous month and 11.80 kilogramme per hectare (+9.8%) 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 October 2012 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the November 2012 publication.