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05. September 2006

THAILAND: Global rubber market in 2035

Source: Daily "The Nation", Bangkok; 5 Sept 2006

The world's global rubber demand is expected to reach
15.02 million tonnes by 2035, which will change
Thailand's status from being major exporter to a user
due to the growing demand of industrial goods.

Sukhum Wong-ek, director of Rubber Research Institute,
said LMC International and International Rubber Study
Group predicted that Thailand's total natural rubber
production will increase by an average of 1-2 per cent
per year to 3.82 million tonnes in 2035.

The study also said Indonesia would become the world's
biggest exporter thanks to its suitable environment.
Indonesian rubber-growing area extends to a total of
20.38 million rai with total production of 2.2-2.3
million tonnes.

China will be the world's biggest rubber consumer with
an average growth by 8.9 per cent a year, followed by
India and the USA. Sukhum added that rubber growers in
Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Surat Thani,
Nakhonsirthammarat, Songkhla, Udonthani, Nongkhai and
Buriram agree that labour shortage is an urgent

In addition, Thailand should focus more on producing
smoked rubber sheets instead of rubber bars because
the country is its only exporter.

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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