production of rubber was considered to be very unstable during the last few
years. Comparatively, India's production of rubber is consistent at the rate
of 6% per annum. The Rubber industry in India
is growing with its roots deeper. India is the 3rd largest consumer, while the largest producer of natural rubber in the world. The growth of rubber industry in India plays a significant role in the global economy. These factors along with high growth of automobile production with many large and medium industries has made India one of the fastest growing economy globally.
Rubber Producing Areas in India
Rubber producing regions in India
are divided into two zones traditional and non-traditional.
|Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu
||Coastal regions of Karnataka
|Districts of Kerala
||Some areas of Maharashtra
||Northeastern states (mainly Tripura)
||Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Kerala rubber industry is a leading producer contributing almost 90% of total natural rubber production of India. Kerala and Tamil Nadu together cover total 86% of growing area of natural rubber.
Rubber Production in India
Here are some facts regarding rubber
industry in India.
- India is the third largest producer of rubber in the world.
- It is the fourth largest consumer of natural rubber.
- It is the fifth largest consumer of natural rubber and synthetic
rubber together in the world.
- India is the world's largest manufacturer of reclaim rubber.
- India and China are the only two countries in the world which have
the capacity to consume the entire indigenous production of natural
To know more about India's export opportunities
regarding rubber products and also to have an idea about global rubber
industry, take the Rubber Industry
Rubber Consumption in India
The following industrial sector
consume most of the rubber products.
- Automotive tyre sector: 50% consumption of all
kinds of rubbers
- Bicycles tyres and tubes: 15%
- Footwear: 12%
- Belts and hoses: 6%
- Camelback and latex products: 7%
- Other products: 10%
Indian Rubber Market
Indias production varies between 6 and
7 lakh tons annually which amounts to Rs. 3000 crores. Seventy percent of
the total rubber production in India is in the form of Ribbed Smoked Sheets
(RSS). This is also imported by India accounting for 45% of the total import
of rubber. The Indian rubber industry has a turnover of Rs 12000 crores.
Most of the rubber production is consumed by the tyre industry which is
almost 52% of the total production of India. Among the states, Kerala is the
leading consumer of rubber, followed by Punjab and Maharashtra. The exports
of Indian natural rubber have increased tremendously over the years and have
reached 76000 tons in 2003-04.
Though, India is one of the leading producers of rubber but it still
imports rubber from other countries. At present, India is importing around
50000 tons of rubber annually.
India Rubber Industry Overview
There are about 6000 unit
comprising 30 large scale, 300 medium scale and around 5600 small scale and
tiny sector units. These units are manufacturing more than 35000 rubber
products, employing 400 hundred thousand people, which also includes 22000
technically qualified support personnel, contributing Rs. 40 billions to the
National Exchequer through taxes, duties and other levies. The Indian Rubber
Industry plays a vital role in the Indian national economy. The rubber
plantation sector in India produces over 630 hundred thousand tones of
natural rubber and there is a projected production of more than one million
tones in near future. This has helped in the radical and rapid growth of the
Indian rubber industry. This prospect of growth is further enhanced by a
boom in the vehicle industry, improved living standards of the people and
rapid over-all industrialization. The per capita consumption of rubber in
India is only 800 grams compared to 12 to 14 kilos in Japan, USA and Europe.
So far as consumption of rubber products is concerned, India is far from
attaining any saturation level. This is another factor leading to tremendous
growth prospects of the industry in the years to come.
Rubber Industry Global Overview
Indian Rubber Export Opportunities