In June 2011, production of natural rubber (NR) was recorded at 84,208 tonnes, increased by 12,551 tonnes (+17.5%) compared to the previous month. Year-on-year comparison also shows an increase of 19.0 per cent. The largest contributor of total NR production was from the smallholding sector at 94.6 per cent and the balance from the estate sector (5.4%). Kedah was the main producer of NR in estates (26.1%), followed by Negeri Sembilan (24.8%) and Pahang (14.4%).
Total exports of NR in June 2011 was 68,591 tonnes, a decrease of 12,577 tonnes (-15.5%)from the previous month. Total exports also declined by 3.8 per cent compared to last year. Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R) was still the highest type of rubber exported at 64,876 tonnes (94.6%) of which 39.4 per cent was from the S.M.R. 20 grade.
NR exports were mainly to China (26.4%), followed by Germany (14.5%), Islamic Rep. of Iran (5.6%), U.S.A (5.3%), Rep. of Korea (3.3%), Finland (3.2%), Turkey (3.0%), United Kingdom (2.9%), Brazil (2.8%) and France (2.8%).
In June 2011, a total of 45,954 tonnes of NR was imported, a small increase of 154 tonnes (+0.3%) when compared to the previous month. Similarly, total imports also shrank when compared to the previous year (-7.5%). Almost half of the total NR imports (49.8%) consists of latex concentrate with a total of 22,875 tonnes.
The main supplier of NR to Malaysia were from Thailand totalling 30,448 tonnes (66.3%), followed by Viet Nam (10.2%), Philippines (10.1%), Myanmar (2.6%) and Indonesia (1.7%).
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
Domestic consumption of NR in June 2011 dropped 1,783 tonnes (-5.5%) to 30,874 tonnes from the previous month. Similarly, when compared to the previous year, domestic consumption of NR also decreased by 5,088 tonnes (-14.1%).
The three industries consuming the highest NR were rubber gloves consumer (67.8%), followed by rubber thread (9.3%) and tyres and tubes (8.5%). The consumption by these three industries totalling 26,439 tonnes (85.6%) accounted for more than three quarters of the overall domestic consumption in the country.
The level of stocks of NR recorded at the end of June 2011 was 122,972 tonnes, that is 5,829 tonnes (5.0%) higher when compared to the level of stocks of the previous month. Year-on-year comparison also showed an increase of 4.9 per cent. The bulk of the stocks was still held by Rubber Processors (86.7%).
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM (Noon Quotations - "F.O.B.")
In June 2011, the average price of NR was mixed. When compared with the previousmonth, the average price of latex concentrate reduced by 20.26 sen (-2.1%) to 923.07 sen whilst S.M.R. 20 increased by 19.24 sen (1.4%) to 1,353.57 sen. However, year-onyear, the average prices of latex concentrate and S.M.R. 20 were still strong with gains of 30.1 per cent and 45.2 per cent respectively.
A total of 11,019 persons were engaged in rubber estates at the end of June 2011, where 11,015 were paid employees with salaries & wages paid amounting to RM11.7 million. Total number of paid employees shows an increase for month-on-month and year-on-year with 0.7 per cent and 5.7 per cent respectively.
In June 2011, the productivity of NR in estates was recorded at 117.5 kilogram per hectare, increased by 41.4 per cent from a month ago and 7.8 per cent for year-on-year. The average number of tapping days recorded was 23 days with Negeri Sembilan and Pahang were among the states with the highest number of tapping days at 25 days.
Data for June 2011 is provisional. The data will be updated based on t he latest available figures and subsequently published in the July 2011 publication.