Production of natural rubber (NR) for July 2011 was 100,281 tonnes, increased by 14,895 tonnes (+17.4%) compared to the previous month. For year-on-year, production of NR also rose by 23.7 per cent compared to July 2010. The smallholding sector contributes 94.5 per cent of the total NR production whilst the balance from the estate sector (5.5%).The main producer of NR in estates for this month was Negeri Sembilan (24.6%),followed by Kedah (21.7%) and Pahang (15.9%).
In July 2011, the total exports of NR decreased by 11,257 tonnes (-16.4%) to57,334 tonnes compared with the previous month whilst for year-on-year, exports dropped by 18,171 tonnes (-24.1%). The main share of NR exports was Standard Malaysian Rubber (S.M.R) with a total of 54,681 tonnes (5.4%) of which 50.3 per cent was from the S.M.R. 20 grade.
The main destinations of NR exports were to China (34.7%), followed by Germany (14.2%), Rep. of Korea (6.0%), U.S.A (5.0%),Belgium (2.8%), Portugal (2.4%), Islamic Rep. of Iran (2.4%), France (2.3%), Taiwan (2.3%) and Brazil (2.1%).
Malaysia imports a total of 47,898 tonnes of NR in July 2011, an increase of 1,998 tonnes (+4.4%) from the previous month. However, total imports shrank 9,135 tonnes (-16.0%) compared to the previous year. More than half of the total NR imports (51.4%) consists of latex concentrate with a total of 24,624 tonnes.
NR was mainly imported from Thailand with a total of 32,407 tonnes (68.5%), followed by Viet Nam (11.4%), Philippines (7.3%), Indonesia (1.5%) and Myanmar (1.2%).
4. DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION
Domestic consumption of NR was recorded at 34,995 tonnes in July 2011, increased by 4,136 tonnes (+13.4%) compared to a month ago, whilst year-on-year comparison shows a decrease of 3,166 tonnes (-8.3%).
The highest consumption of NR was from the rubber glove industry (65.3%), followed by rubber thread (13.5%) and tyres and tubes (7.8%). These three industries consume more than three quarters of the overall domestic consumption in the country with a total of 30,341 tonnes (86.7%).
At the end of July 2011, the level of stocks of NR was recorded at 136,112 tonnes, went up by 14,179 tonnes (+11.6%) from the level of stocks of the previous month. Year-on-year comparison also shows an increase of 14.6 per cent. The biggest holder of NR stocks in Malaysia are the Rubber Processors (88.3%).
6. AVERAGE MONTHLY PRICE PER KILOGRAM (Noon Quotations - "F.O.B.")
In July 2011, the overall average price of NR shows a decrease compared to the previous month except scrap. The average price of latex concentrate reduced by 48.86 sen (-5.3%) to 874.21 sen whilst scrap increased slightly by 0.3 per cent. The average price of S.M.R. 20 also dropped by 12.26 sen (-0.9%) to 1,341.31 sen. However, compared to the same period last year, the average prices of latex concentrate and S.M.R. 20 were still at a higher level with gains of 26.1 per cent and 46.6 per cent respectively.
At the end of July 2011, a total of 11,066 persons were engaged in the rubber estates, an increase of 0.5 per cent compared to the previous month. Out of this total, 11,062 were paid employees with salaries & wages paid amounting to RM13.3 million. The total number of paid employees also shows an increase of 581 persons (+5.5%) for year-on-year.
The productivity of NR production in estates was recorded at 142.6 kilogram per hectare in July 2011. Month-on-month and year-on-year comparison show an increase of 21.1 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively. The average number of tapping days recorded for the whole of Malaysia was 24 days with Negeri Sembilan and Pahang were among the states with the highest number of tapping days of 26 days respectively.
Data for July 2011 is provisional. The data will be updated based on t he latest available figures and subsequently published in the August 2011 publication.