The total production of natural rubber (NR) in September 2012 was recorded at 72,846 tonnes, went up by 785 tonnes (+1.1%) from the previous month. However, production of natural rubber (NR) reduced by 4,882 tonnes (-6.3%) as compared to September 2011. The smallholdings sector is the biggest contributor of Malaysia's NR (92.8%) compared to the estates sector (7.2%). Negeri Sembilan is ahead of other states in production of NR on estates (20.7%), followed by Kedah (17.9%) and Perak (17.6%).
In September 2012, a total of 60,337 tonnes of NR was exported. Month-on-month and year-on-year comparisons shows exports dropped 2,121 tonnes (-3.4%) and 18,918 tonnes (-23.9%) respectively. Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R.) contributed 95.3 per cent of the total NR exports this month with 58.2 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 (16.2%), Islamic Rep. of Iran (5.6%), Rep. of Korea (4.1%), U.S.A. (3.7%) and Portugal (2.7%) whereas France, South Africa, Belgium and Brazil 1.8 per cent respectively. The total exports to these countries accounted for 82.1 per cent of the overall NR exports.
In September 2012, Malaysia imported a total of 79,968 tonnes of NR, an increase of 2,505 tonnes (+3.2%) as compared to August 2012 and 15,575 tonnes (+24.2%) as compared to September 2011. Standard Rubber and latex concentrate was the main type of NR imports at 48.6 per cent and 34.6 per cent respectively.
NR was imported mainly from Thailand at 48.8 per cent and Viet Nam 26.8 per cent. These two countries accounted for 75.6 per cent of the total NR imports in September 2012.
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
The total domestic consumption of NR in September 2012, increased by 1,779 tonnes (+5.0%) from August 2012 recording at 37,063 tonnes. Domestic consumption also rose by 4,429 tonnes (+13.6%) when compared to a year ago.
The rubber gloves industry was the highest consuming industry of NR at 25,514 tonnes (68.8%), followed by rubber thread (8.8%) and tyre & tubes (7.0%). These three industries consumed more than half of the overall domestic consumption in the country with a total of 31,381 tonnes (84.6%).
At the end of September 2012, the level of NR stocks was recorded at 133,960 tonnes, rose by 4,435 tonnes (+3.4%) as compared to the previous month. Nevertheless, the level of NR stocks decreased by 2,837 tonnes (-2.1%) when compared to the level of stocks a year ago.
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM
(Noon Quotations - F.O.B)
In September 2012, the average monthly price of latex concentrate was recorded at 586.71 sen per kilogramme, rose by 19.26 sen (+3.4%) when compared to August 2012. Nevertheless, average price of latex concentrate dropped from a year ago at 268.19 sen (-31.4%).
The average monthly price of G.M.M. 20 was recorded at 829.13 sen per kilogramme, increased by 29.93 sen (+3.7%) when compared to month-on-month but dropped 535.27 sen (-39.2%) for year-on-year.
At the end of September 2012, a total of 12,307 persons were engaged in the rubber estates where 12,303 persons were paid employees with salaries and wages paid amounting to RM14.8 million. The number of paid employees reduced by 1.3 per cent from August 2012 but increased by 12.3 per cent from September 2011.
The productivity of NR production on estates was recorded at 124.8 kilogramme per hectare in September 2012, increased by 1.8 kilogramme per hectare (+1.5%) from the previous month and 7.3 kilogramme per hectare (+6.2%) 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 September 2012 is provisional. The data will be updated based on the latest available figures and subsequently published in the October 2012 publication.