As the sole international body representing the global rubber industry, with its remit centred largely on the provision of timely and relevant economic and statistical information to industry stakeholders, the Secretariat of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) publishes data on production, consumption, trade and prices – covering both natural rubber (NR) and synthetic rubber (SR) – on a quarterly basis in its flagship documents, the Rubber Statistical Bulletin and the Rubber Industry Report.
The January - March 2012 editions of both publications are now available from the IRSG.
Annualised global rubber consumption reached 25.8 million tonnes by end Q4 2011, 4.0% higher than at the same point in 2010, reflecting a decelerating increase in the demand for vehicles and tyres. Global SR production was 6.0% higher than at end Q4 2010, in line with the relatively strong growth seen in SR consumption supported by competitive prices, while global NR consumption was 1.4% higher than at end Q4 2010.
Global rubber demand is forecast to reach 26.8 million tonnes in 2012. Global SR demand is expected to grow by 3.6% in 2012, while global NR demand is forecast to rise by 3.4% in 2012. The global NR production is forecast to rise by 3.2% to 11.3 million tonnes in 2012.
Annual subscriptions and single copies can be purchased by non-members via IRSG website.