International Rubber Study Group

Welcome to the International Rubber Study Group

  • The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) is an inter-governmental organization with the main objective of improving the transparency of the world rubber market and strengthening the international cooperation on rubber issues.
  • The IRSG is recognized as an International Body through the negotiation of a Headquarter Agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom in 1978. 

  • The Study Group has no provision for market intervention activities of any kind and is independent of the private sector.

  • The IRSG Secretariat is based in Singapore.

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Global Rubber Industry

Production and Consumption of Natural and Synthetic Rubber.

Note: Russia is included under Europe and the Middle East under Africa.
          All figures in ('000 mt)

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Global Rubber Demand

The world total rubber consumption expanded at a modest pace in 2018 (2.6%) and is expected to decline by 0.7% in 2019, first time in the last decade. Slower global economic, partially due to the escalation in trade conflict between...
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Global Rubber Supply

The world total rubber production expanded by 1.9% in 2018, and declined by 1.3% in 2019, mainly driven by falling production in major producers, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Persistent low prices during the last five years has discouraged small farmers...
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Market centered in Asia

Consumption of natural rubber is primarily located in Asia Pacific region with China, India and Thailand being the largest consumers. On the other hand, Asia Pacific also dominates the synthetic rubber industry with 56% of global consumption. Driven by the...
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NR Supply Concentrated

Thailand and Indonesia are the world’s largest producers and exporters of natural rubber, accounting for 59% of the global supply. In 2019, Thailand and Indonesia exported 82% and 74% of their natural rubber produced respectively, mainly to their neighbouring countries...
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Rubber Price Trend

Average price trends in the third quarter 2019NR-SGX-TSR20: 1.40UScent/kg SGX TSR20 price edged higher in 2019, as compared to the 2018 average price of 1.37UScent/kg. SBR Asia: 1.39UScent/kg SBR Asia price declined in 2019 from its 2018 average of 1.67UScent/kg, owing...

The IRSG Community: Members, Subscribers and Partners

The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) is the biggest worldwide community in the rubber economy. Our members, subscribers and partners represent governments, companies and organizations that are shaping and transforming the rubber industry in strategic and socially responsible ways. The Group is a platform for senior executives  and representatives to provide insights through dedicated meetings, working groups, conferences and projects....

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Scope of Activities

  • To collect, process and publish improved statistics on rubber markets, both for natural and synthetic rubber.
  • To compile and publish other relevant information on rubber, including environmental, health and safety regulations.
  • To provide a forum for consultations on issues of interest to rubber producing and consuming countries and their industries (from smallholders to the final consumers)
  • To undertake economic analysis, on topic such as price volatility, capacity building and social issues.

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Contact us

51 Changi Business Park Central 2
Unit #06 – 04/05 The Signature
Singapore 486066

Phone: +65 6588 0463
Fax: +65 6588 0468

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