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World Rubber


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World consumption to rise 4.3% yearly through 2015
Global rubber consumption is forecast to rise 4.3 percent per year through 2015 to 30.5 million metric tons. Rubber demand will be stimulated by a pickup in tire output growth as global motor vehicle production accelerates following a relatively weak 2005-2010 period in many developed nations around the world. Because tires represent by far the largest market for rubber, growth in output of motor vehicles, as well as rising numbers of motor vehicles in use, greatly impacts the amount of rubber consumed globally.

The Asia/Pacific region will exhibit the fastest gains in rubber production of any region except the small Africa/Mideast market. Gains in China will be especially strong, with the country accounting for over one-fourth of global rubber output gains through 2015 in volume terms. The Asia/Pacific region is also an important producer of non-tire rubber products, and it is expected to account for 80 percent of world market growth in volume terms through 2015.

Asia/Pacific region to see best growth in consumption
The Asia/Pacific region is by far the largest market for rubber, accounting for 60 percent of global rubber demand in 2010. In addition, the region will post the strongest growth in rubber consumption through 2015. The massive Chinese rubber market, which alone accounted for nearly one-third of global rubber demand in 2010, will record the best gains of any major nation through 2015. The large amount of motorcycle and bicycle production in the country supports strong demand for rubber utilized in non-motor vehicle tires. China also represents the largest national market for rubber used in motor vehicle tires. The rubber markets in Western Europe and North America will continue to see gains below the global average, although both regions will rebound somewhat from the sales declines seen during the 2005 to 2010 period. Eastern Europe and Central and South America will also register accelerating, albeit below-average growth through 2015, while gains in the small Africa/Mideast market will match the global pace during that period.

Tire rubber to remain dominant rubber segment
Tire rubber, which accounted for more than two-thirds of all rubber demand in 2010, is expected to register slower gains than other rubber product sales through 2015 but will remain the larger market segment. Sales will be fueled by strong increases in production of non-motor vehicle tires for bicycles, motorcycles and industrial vehicles tires. Production of such tires in certain areas of the world, especially developing nations in the Asia/ Pacific region, will greatly outpace motor vehicle tire output. Rubber utilized in motor vehicle tires, which accounted for over half of tire rubber sales in 2010, will continue to represent the majority of tire rubber demand.

Rubber utilized in non-tire applications will post stronger advances through 2015, but will remain the smaller segment of the rubber market. Market gains through 2015 will be bolstered by a strengthened outlook for global manufacturing activity, which will stimulate demand for rubber utilized in industrial applications like sealing and vibration control. In addition, segment growth will be spurred by the acceleration in motor vehicle production worldwide, which will lead to higher consumption of rubber used in automotive products such as belts, hoses and gaskets.


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Global Rubber Consumption to Approach 31 Million Metric Tons in 2015

Global rubber consumption is forecast to rise 4.3 percent per year through 2015 to 30.5 million metric tons. Rubber demand will be stimulated by an increase in tire output growth as global motor vehicle production accelerates following a relatively weak 2005-2010 period in many developed nations around the world. Because replacement motor vehicle tires represent by far the largest market for rubber, strong increases in the number of motor vehicles in use throughout the world will significantly boost the amount of rubber consumed worldwide. Growth in motor vehicle production will also support demand for rubber utilized in tires, as well as in various automotive components, such as hoses and gaskets. In addition, a pickup in global manufacturing activity through 2015 will spur rubber demand in non-tire applications. These and other trends are presented in World Rubber, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

The Asia/Pacific region is by far the largest regional market for rubber, accounting for 60 percent of global demand in 2010. In addition, the region will register the fastest growth in rubber consumption through 2015. The massive Chinese rubber market, which alone accounted for nearly one-third of global rubber demand in 2010, will record the strongest gains of any major nation through 2015. The large amount of motorcycle and bicycle production in the country supports significant demand for rubber utilized in non-motor vehicle tires. The rubber markets in North America and Western Europe will rebound somewhat from the sales declines recorded during the 2005 to 2010 period. Rubber markets in Eastern Europe and Central and South America will also see accelerating growth through 2015, while gains in the small Africa/Mideast market will match the global pace.

Tire rubber, which accounts for about two-thirds of all rubber demand, is expected to register slower gains than non-tire rubber sales through 2015. Production of non-motor vehicle tires -- including bicycle, motorcycle and industrial vehicle tires -- will significantly outpace motor vehicle tire output in certain areas of the world, especially developing nations in the Asia/Pacific region. Nevertheless, rubber used in motor vehicle tires, which accounted for 57 percent of tire rubber sales in 2010, will continue to represent the majority of tire rubber demand. Rubber utilized in non-tire applications will register stronger gains through 2015, but will remain the much smaller segment of the rubber market.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD RUBBER CONSUMPTION (thousand metric tons)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Economic Environment
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars)
    • World Population Overview
      • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)
    • World Motor Vehicle Production
      • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION (thousand units)
    • World Motor Vehicles in Use
      • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLES IN USE (million units)
    • World Gross Fixed Investment Trends
      • Table WORLD GROSS FIXED INVESTMENT BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars)
    • Technology
    • Pricing Patterns
    • Legal & Regulatory Environment
  • WORLD SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • General
    • Regional Overview
      • Consumption
        • Table WORLD RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Production
        • Table WORLD RUBBER PRODUCTION BY TYPE & REGION (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD NATURAL RUBBER PRODUCTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Synthetic Rubber Production Capacity
        • Table WORLD SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY REGION, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons)
      • International Trade
        • Table WORLD RUBBER NET EXPORTS BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
    • Consumption by Application
      • Table WORLD RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY APPLICATION (thousand metric tons)
      • Tires & Tire Components
        • Table WORLD TIRES & TIRE COMPONENTS RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY MARKET & REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Non-Tire Rubber Products
        • Table WORLD NON-TIRE RUBBER PRODUCTS CONSUMPTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
    • Consumption by Type
      • Table WORLD RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • Synthetic
        • Table WORLD SYNTHETIC RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY TYPE & REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Natural
        • Table WORLD NATURAL RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: Economic & Vehicle Overview
    • North America: Rubber Supply & Demand
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • North America: Synthetic Rubber Production Capacity
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY & TYPE, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • United States
      • Table UNITED STATES: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table UNITED STATES -- SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • Canada
      • Table CANADA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Mexico
      • Table MEXICO: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table MEXICO: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: Economic & Vehicle Overview
    • Western Europe: Rubber Supply & Demand
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Western Europe: Synthetic Rubber Production Capacity
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY & TYPE, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • Germany
      • Table GERMANY: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table GERMANY: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • France
      • Table FRANCE: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table FRANCE: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • Spain
      • Table SPAIN: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Italy
      • Table ITALY: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • United Kingdom
      • Table UNITED KINGDOM: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table UNITED KINGDOM: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • Netherlands
      • Table NETHERLANDS: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Belgium
      • Table BELGIUM: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Portugal
      • Table PORTUGAL: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Sweden
      • Table SWEDEN: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Other Western Europe
      • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: Economic & Vehicle Overview
    • Asia/Pacific: Rubber Supply & Demand
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Asia/Pacific: Synthetic Rubber Production Capacity
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY & TYPE, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • China
      • Table CHINA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table CHINA: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • Japan
      • Table JAPAN: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table JAPAN: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • India
      • Table INDIA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table INDIA: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • Thailand
      • Table THAILAND: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table THAILAND: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • South Korea
      • Table SOUTH KOREA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table SOUTH KOREA: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • Malaysia
      • Table MALAYSIA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Indonesia
      • Table INDONESIA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Taiwan
      • Table TAIWAN: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Table TAIWAN: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
    • Vietnam
      • Table VIETNAM: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Australia
      • Table AUSTRALIA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: Economic & Vehicle Overview
      • Central & South America: Rubber Supply & Demand
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Central & South America: Synthetic Rubber Production Capacity
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY & TYPE, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
        • Table BRAZIL: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
      • Other Central & South America
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: Economic & Vehicle Overview
      • Eastern Europe: Rubber Supply & Demand
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Eastern Europe: Synthetic Rubber Production Capacity
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY & TYPE, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
      • Russia
        • Table RUSSIA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
        • Table RUSSIA: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Czech Republic
        • Table CZECH REPUBLIC: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Ukraine
        • Table UKRAINE: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Eastern Europe
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: Economic & Vehicle Overview
      • Africa/Mideast: Rubber Supply & Demand
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Africa/Mideast: Synthetic Rubber Production Capacity
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: SYNTHETIC RUBBER PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY & TYPE, YEAR-END 2010 (thousand metric tons per year)
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Iran
        • Table IRAN: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • South Africa
        • Table SOUTH AFRICA: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Africa/Mideast
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: RUBBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table WORLD RUBBER SALES BY COMPANY, 2010 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
      • Synthetic Rubber
      • Natural Rubber
    • Acquisitions, Divestitures & Industry Restructuring
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Research & Development
    • Company Profiles
      • Asahi Kasei Corporation
      • Ashland Incorporated
      • Bridgestone Corporation
      • China National Petroleum Corporation
      • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Efremov Synthetic Rubber Enterprise JSC
      • Eni SpA
      • Exxon Mobil Corporation
      • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
      • Grupo KUO SAB de CV
      • JSR Corporation
      • Korea Kumho Petrochemical Company Limited
      • LANXESS AG
      • LG Chem Limited
      • Lion Copolymer LLC
      • Michelin Group
      • Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated
      • OAO Nizhnekamskneftekhim
      • OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated
      • PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk
      • Reliance Industries Limited
      • Royal DSM NV
      • SIBUR Holding CJSC
      • Styron LLC
      • Synthez-Kauchuk JSC
      • TSRC Corporation
      • Ube Industries Limited
      • Vietnam Rubber Group
      • ZEON Corporation
    • Other Companies Mentioned in Study

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