The global production of natural and synthetic rubber in 2012 exceeded 26.5 million tons, with a 1.4% increase over 2011.
In detail, according to the International Rubber Study Group, the production of natural rubber barely exceeded 11.3 million tons, with Thailand (over 3.5 million tons) and Indonesia (just over 3 million) first and second among the principal supplying countries. In the synthetic elastomer sector, the top producer was China, with over 3.8 million tons (just under 3.5 in 2011), followed by the United States with 2.3 million (2.5 in 2011), Japan with 1.6 (in line with the previous year), and South Korea with 1.5.
Tags: China, Korea, South Korea, Japan, Germany, France, Italy
Source: MacPlasonline, 2013-07-10.