Sept 30: Thai raw material trade - THB 39 - THB 44.5/kg ex-works Sept 30: STR 10 December trade - US$1395/mt FOB BKK LCB Sept 30: STR 20 December offer - US$1355/mt FOB BKK LCB Sept 30: STR 20 December bid - US$1345/mt FOB BKK LCB Sept 30: Indonesian raw material trade - IDR 18,000- IDR 18,500/kg ex-works Sept 30: SIR 20 December offer - US$1340/mt FOB BEL SBY Sept 30: SIR 20 December bid - US$1335/mt FOB BEL SBY Sept 30: SIR 20 January/February trade - US$1350/mt FOB BEL SBY Sept 30: SIR 20 December trade - US$1335/mt FOB BEL SBY Sept 29: STR 20 Octover offer - US$1350/mt FOB BKK LCB Sept 29: STR Mixture 20 November arrival trade - US$1375/mt CIF China

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Helixtap Physical Rubber Price Assessments

Date FOBSIR20BELSBY
(US$/mt)
FOBSTR20BKLCB
(US$/mt)
CIFAFR10HCM/ROTT
(US$/mt)

30 Sep 2022

1285 - 1385

1302 - 1402

1260 - 1360

29 Sep 2022

1285 - 1385

1310 - 1410

1260 - 1360

28 Sep 2022

1275 - 1375

1300 - 1400

1255 - 1355

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Heavy rain forecasts in Thailand drive raw material prices north

Heavy rain forecasts in Thailand drive raw material prices north

Reports of heavy rains in Thailand have driven the raw material prices up during the week as the market experts see some more support amid the expectation of weather to worsen. The situation amped up the spot rubber prices as the Chinese buyers continued to remain bullish, expecting a supply shortage.

30 Sep 2022

India producers lock horns with downstream over cup lump imports

India producers lock horns with downstream over cup lump imports

India witnesses a bid by block rubber and tire manufacturers to import cup lump and scrap rubber at cheaper rates than domestically produced latex and is seeing some resistance from the rubber-producing community in the country.

29 Sep 2022

Indian tire exports up 25% YoY in H1, demand for sustainable rubber pose threat

Indian tire exports up 25% YoY in H1, demand for sustainable rubber pose threat

The revenue from Indian tire exports has made an uptick of 25% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period the previous year, riding on the Atma Nirhabr (self-sufficient) policy of the Indian Government. However, overall bearish cues and demand for sustainable rubber could pose a threat to the industry in the mid-term period.

28 Sep 2022

Bridgestone pitches for a sustainable supply chain

Bridgestone pitches for a sustainable supply chain

Bridgestone is bent on achieving carbon neutrality in the rubber supply chain by making tires from 100% renewable materials by 2050. And its latest initiatives in this direction come in the Far East and the U.S.

28 Sep 2022

Spot activity moves forward, prices close to floor

Spot activity moves forward, prices close to floor

The shift in the buying pattern during the week despite underscored expectations for tighter monetary policy and a slowing global economy could indicate that the spot prices are finally nearing the floor. The market, however, remained divided on the rationale behind the shift in the buying pattern, with some attributing it to possible positives in the upcoming China congress while others feel the prices have very little room for correction.

23 Sep 2022

India tire producers to resume domestic rubber purchases

India tire producers to resume domestic rubber purchases

The Indian Rubber Board has initiated steps to rein in the downswing in the domestic rubber prices by holding a meeting this week with the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA) members, and the latter has agreed to return to revive the market.

22 Sep 2022

Porsche IPO stirs excitement in auto industry, limited impact for tire and rubber

Porsche IPO stirs excitement in auto industry, limited impact for tire and rubber

After two years of struggle, the auto industry hopes to see some fervor with Porsche's initial public offering (IPO). Listing IPO when inflation is peaking across the globe and the monetary tightening seen in the Western Hemisphere tipping the economies to recession doesn’t seem the best strategy. However, with weak consumer demand, supply chain debacle, and chip shortage, some improvement in the cash flow could be the possible reason for Volkswagen’s move. However, how much of this would transl

21 Sep 2022

Malaysian spot prices under pressure on higher production & sluggish exports

Malaysian spot prices under pressure on higher production & sluggish exports

Malaysian rubber spot prices remained under pressure amid bearish domestic demand, sluggish exports owing to zero Covid-19 policy, and a surge in production. According to Helixtap data, Standard Malaysian Rubber (SMR) 20 prices dropped by around 5.7% in July and around 5.5% from July 2021.

20 Sep 2022

Helixtap JPX report Summary: Inventory and physical rubber prices share inverse relationship

Helixtap JPX report Summary: Inventory and physical rubber prices share inverse relationship

Futures prices saw an increase over the past week after weeks of consistent selling since the start of August. Some positive economic data was seen from China with the lockdown in Chengdu being lifted along with better-than-expected Industrial Production and an increase in Retail Sales in August. These factors may have prompted some short covering behaviour especially in SHFE/INE as a net fall in volume and open interest was seen. The CPI from the US for August was higher than market expectation

19 Sep 2022

No intervention from Rubber board yet, Indian prices still downcast

No intervention from Rubber board yet, Indian prices still downcast

The Indian rubber prices are at the 19-month low at INR 151 (US$ 1.90) per kg with no signs of a Rubber Board or Government intervention to take the prices to a robust level with the international prices keeping lower than the domestic prices.

16 Sep 2022

EU deforestation legislation – trade barrier for Indo and African rubber

EU deforestation legislation – trade barrier for Indo and African rubber

Concerns have emerged in the rubber market about the impact of the Council's agreement on new rules to driving down deforestation and forest degradation globally, with natural rubber on the list.

16 Sep 2022

Key market indicators - Bear market in short-mid term

Key market indicators - Bear market in short-mid term

The key factors impacting the physical market in the short-mid term

15 Sep 2022

Investments into Indian rubber production gathering steam

Investments into Indian rubber production gathering steam

The INR 1100 crore (US$ 143.77 million) ATMA-Rubber Board project to boost rubber production in the north-eastern states of India is making sturdy progress. At the same time, the second largest rubber-producing state, Tripura is emerging with a new rubber policy to bolster the project.

13 Sep 2022

Sellers heave a sigh of relief with prices stable today

Sellers heave a sigh of relief with prices stable today

Delayed price assessment and commentary

09 Sep 2022

Bangladesh rubber exports soar to new highs

Bangladesh rubber exports soar to new highs

South Asian nation Bangladesh is forging ahead in rubber production scripting over decade-high gains in exports in the FY 2021-22, taking the commodity mainly to India, Malaysia, Turkey and Spain.

09 Sep 2022

Tyre majors steadfast on sustainability, strongly behind Indonesian Rubber

Tyre majors steadfast on sustainability, strongly behind Indonesian Rubber

While Indonesia may be smarting from the free fall of rubber prices in the international market due to weak Chinese demand, tyre majors seem to be betting big on the superior Indonesian rubber in the long run. This is despite Vietnam and Ivory Coast lower grades rattling the Indonesian rubber economy recently.

09 Sep 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber margins and intra regional spreads analysis: Thai producers selling at prices close to negative margins due to competition with Indo rubber

Helixtap Physical Rubber margins and intra regional spreads analysis: Thai producers selling at prices close to negative margins due to competition with Indo rubber

The past two months from mid-July to early September this year saw the Helixtap STR20 price spread over Thai Raw Materials decline towards US$219/mt in late August. Earlier in June, the same spread was at the highest weekly value of US$491/mt since September last year. With that drop, Thai producers have been approaching margins that are close to incurring losses despite a stronger US dollar cushioning some of this impact. As of early September, the average factory costs are 7-8THB/kg for proces

08 Sep 2022

Rubber prices fall further as tire-makers rest on imports

Rubber prices fall further as tire-makers rest on imports

The rubber prices are trending downwards in the Indian domestic market due to lukewarm demand from the downstream tire sector that thrives on ample inventory arising from an import glut. Consequently, the smallholders are piling up stocks, refusing to incur losses while anticipating price rises in the future.

08 Sep 2022

Helixtap JPX report summary: Higher energy prices likely to cause further decline in European demand for rubber

Helixtap JPX report summary: Higher energy prices likely to cause further decline in European demand for rubber

The preceding week saw an increase in volume amidst a continued downward spiral in prices across the exchanges. Bearish sentiment across the markets remains due to increased expectations of future rate hikes and recessionary fears. China reported PMI for August this year at 49.4, below the neutral level of 50.0, signalling a slight contraction in manufacturing activity. Within China, additional cities have also imposed fresh lockdown measures due to its zero-covid policy. Major cities such as Ch

06 Sep 2022

A new 2022 low for rubber prices, bear China annihilates spot market

A new 2022 low for rubber prices, bear China annihilates spot market

As China struggles to shake off the impact of Covid-19 while embroiled in a deepening real-estate downturn and a heat wave, the country’s economic low has shackled the rubber market, taking the spot rubber prices to a new low for 2022. While the producers struggled to find a floor, spot rubber prices dropped below US$1400/mt, with the market once again failing to find support.

05 Sep 2022

Navigating the rubber market: Today & Tomorrow

Navigating the rubber market: Today & Tomorrow

Summary of the key points discussed at Helixtap Technologies Flash webinar on 30 August 2022.

02 Sep 2022

SBR ADD extension worries for Indian importers

SBR ADD extension worries for Indian importers

Both tire and non-tire sectors in India are peeved over the new recommendation of the Director General of Trade Remedies (DGTR)-India to the Indian Government to extend the anti-dumping duty on Emulsion Styrene Butadiene Rubber (ESBR) imported from the European Union, South Korea, and Thailand.

01 Sep 2022

Imports push prices further down; farmers agitated

Imports push prices further down; farmers agitated

The rise of imports into India amid southbound prices has started to impact the Indian rubber producers as they lower production to curtail losses.

31 Aug 2022

ANRPC optimistic on NR despite geopolitical issues

ANRPC optimistic on NR despite geopolitical issues

The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has sought to paint an optimistic NR outlook despite sliding global prices amid tepid demand from a weakened China and the tense geopolitical scenario.

29 Aug 2022

Indian rubber prices in one year low; latex worst hit

Indian rubber prices in one year low; latex worst hit

Rubber prices hit the lowest in a year this week, with supply improving in fair weather since August 12, while the international prices kept low.

26 Aug 2022

When will the prices bottom out - market cues indicate a longer haul

When will the prices bottom out - market cues indicate a longer haul

The price pressure has proved to be anything but transient as the spot rubber prices slide back to the 2020 level. While all the rubber-producing nations are in the line of fire and struggling to find a bottom to the prices, it seems the Indonesian market is least insulated from the uncertainties.

26 Aug 2022

Helixtap Physical rubber and Futures Differential Analysis: Physical rubber prices may soon trade at a differential discount to  SICOM TSR20 Futures

Helixtap Physical rubber and Futures Differential Analysis: Physical rubber prices may soon trade at a differential discount to SICOM TSR20 Futures

Over the past month, the Helixtap Physical Rubber Price Index showed an overall decrease in physical rubber prices with respect to SICOM TSR20 Futures, reaching a differential lower than US$50/mt for the first time since end-February this year. The Helixtap Rubber Index is a weighted average price of all Helixtap physical rubber price assessments as per their respective regional production share. This index can hence be compared directly to the non-region-specific SICOM TSR20 Futures prices. Fol

25 Aug 2022

Export-centric Cambodia feels the heat of weak rubber prices

Export-centric Cambodia feels the heat of weak rubber prices

The lingering geopolitical uncertainties have cast a shadow over Cambodia’s ambitions to mint money by shipping NR latex.

24 Aug 2022

Helixtap JPX report summary: Weak China demand causing fall in physical and futures prices

Helixtap JPX report summary: Weak China demand causing fall in physical and futures prices

In the past week, additional short positions were initiated by speculators, pushing futures prices to the lowest level in a year. Bearish news was also observed, with sluggish China’s July Industrial production at 3.8%. In the exchanges, OSE RSS3 futures fell by 1.2%, SHFE SCR/RSS and INE TSR by 2.4% and 2.5%, respectively, and SICOM TSR20 by 3.7%. This downward move is largely attributed to reinstated lockdowns in the largest demand driver for rubber, China.

23 Aug 2022

Glut in spot market, producers struggle to find floor

Glut in spot market, producers struggle to find floor

Spot rubber market sentiments rapidly turned sour after a tire major's pullback from the long-term contract flooding the market with offers. Meanwhile, producers struggled to find a floor to the prices as they liquidated volume even at a loss.

19 Aug 2022

Vietnam might lose its edge in China

Vietnam might lose its edge in China

Vietnam rubber could lose the pricing advantage in the Chinese market amid the continued correction in the Thai rubber prices despite strong H1 exports data.

19 Aug 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Price Analysis: Lack of buying interest causing rubber prices to lose key support levels

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Price Analysis: Lack of buying interest causing rubber prices to lose key support levels

A fall in prices was observed across physical rubber grades prices and SICOM TSR20 prices over July till mid-August this year. Helixtap STR20 prices in mid-August 2022 reached a new daily low in the past year of US$1,550/mt, below the previous support level of US$1,650/mt. Prices last moved under US$1,600/mt in February 2021, about one and a half years ago. Historically, the lowest daily price recorded is US$837/mt at the start of April 2020, straight after the onset of Covid-19. Over July 2022,

18 Aug 2022

Malaysia on comeback trail in gloves, fight in NR production

Malaysia on comeback trail in gloves, fight in NR production

The Malaysian glove market has recouped with exports registering a quantum leap of 100% in June 2022 over the previous month, even as rubber production slid this quarter over the last quarter.

17 Aug 2022

Tire major pulls back, spot rubber hits 20-month low

Tire major pulls back, spot rubber hits 20-month low

Continued supply chain disruption, soaring raw material prices, and labour shortages have pushed a major tire maker to pull back from their long-term contracts (LTC), shaking the rubber market confidence as the spot prices hit a 20-month low.

16 Aug 2022

Cash flow issues plague market; buyers & sellers struggle

Cash flow issues plague market; buyers & sellers struggle

While the global economies are struggling to walk the fine line to clamp inflation and tipping towards recession, the anticipation of further monetary policy tightening has taken a toll on the rubber demand, with prices taking a hit. Meanwhile, southbound prices with diminishing demand have tightened the cash flow for some of the small to mid-sized producers, especially in Indonesia and Africa.

12 Aug 2022

India rubber sector on an upswing in H1 2022

India rubber sector on an upswing in H1 2022

India's natural rubber sector has registered growth on all fronts in the first half of this year compared to H1 2021, with natural rubber production up by 9% and imports up 13% despite a 5% rise in consumption. The market participants attributed the growth to better prices and improved downstream demand. However, India continued to rely on imports in H1 2022.

12 Aug 2022

Sri Lanka paints hale H2

Sri Lanka paints hale H2

After a sluggish start for the Sri Lankan rubber industry, the country is hoping for a revival in the second half of the year owing to a domestic supply shortage and an improved supply of fertilizers. However, the continued energy crisis in the country could pose a considerable deterrent.

10 Aug 2022

Geo-political tensions back at the driver's seat, prices take a hit again

Geo-political tensions back at the driver's seat, prices take a hit again

Geo-political tensions have been a key driver of commodity prices in 2022. With China conducting its 3-day military drills near Taiwan following the from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, the spot prices have already a drop by 6-7% across the board this week.

05 Aug 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber Margins and intra regional spreads Analysis: Feasible for Indonesian producers to import Thai raw mat

Helixtap Physical Rubber Margins and intra regional spreads Analysis: Feasible for Indonesian producers to import Thai raw mat

Historical Helixtap data shows that Thai Raw materials traded at a premium over Thai Latex prices 60% of the time. However, Thai Raw materials prices were observed to trade at a discount to Thai Latex for 15 consecutive weeks from mid-March 2022. This trend was broken in July, returning to the norm of trading at a premium over the past 4 weeks.

04 Aug 2022

Heavy rains and leaves disease to cap Indian rubber prices descent

Heavy rains and leaves disease to cap Indian rubber prices descent

Rubber prices were southbound in the second half of July. However, continued heavy rains from July 31 might and leaves disease could cap the correction as impeded tapping would impact production.

04 Aug 2022

Shortage of skilled tappers propped India into automatization

Shortage of skilled tappers propped India into automatization

An acute shortage of skilled tappers and underutilized potential tapping areas has propped Indian rubber producers to look for an automized alternative to take Indian rubber production to its full potential. As a result, the emergence of a new tapping machine in the country will be the first of its kind.

02 Aug 2022

Post-pandemic, natural rubber gloves get a push in India

Post-pandemic, natural rubber gloves get a push in India

By promoting export-oriented units on the strength of an anticipated rise in rubber production and increasing interest in natural rubber gloves, the Indian glove industry plans to take off from where Covid-19 opened up an enormous opportunity.

01 Aug 2022

CFR China price saw support on restocking

CFR China price saw support on restocking

Some restocking in China lent some support to CFR China prices this week, despite the overall bearishness in the market. However, the CFR China prices dropped around 3.7% over July as China continued to struggle with a plethora of issues leading to an economic slowdown.

29 Jul 2022

Low cost opens arbitrage for African rubber into Asia

Low cost opens arbitrage for African rubber into Asia

Rising raw material costs and bearish market sentiments open the arbitrage window for the African rubber into the Asian market. However, continued distressed supply chains and increasing freight costs might be a major deterrent for the African rubber.

29 Jul 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Differential Analysis: Helixtap STR20 price differential over SICOM TSR20 trended downwards by 31% as per our prediction in June

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Differential Analysis: Helixtap STR20 price differential over SICOM TSR20 trended downwards by 31% as per our prediction in June

The Helixtap Physical Rubber Price Index continued to trade at a premium over the SICOM TSR20 Futures. The Helixtap Physical Rubber Price index is a weighted average of all Helixtap physical rubber price assessments as per their respective regional production share. Such an index allows for a more appropriate and direct comparison with the non-region-specific SICOM TSR20 Futures prices.

28 Jul 2022

Spot price forecasts under pressure, negative margins hit confidence and activity

Spot price forecasts under pressure, negative margins hit confidence and activity

With spot prices under pressure from growing concerns of a global recession, while continued negative margin threats hang over the supply-side, the near-term price forecasts for rubber have become bearish as market participants second guess.

26 Jul 2022

Indian Rubber Board moves to scale up production

Indian Rubber Board moves to scale up production

Aiming to extend rubber cultivation to sparse regions, the Indian Rubber Board is tying up with research institutes, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Agriculture Knowledge Centres), and state universities to explore and identify potential regions to promote cultivation.

25 Jul 2022

Global slowdown fears dim outlook, spot prices likely to slide further

Global slowdown fears dim outlook, spot prices likely to slide further

Despite a largely muted market amid building recessionary fears and global monetary tightening, spot rubber prices held steady over the week. Meanwhile, a continued drop in the buying expectation and some low prompt offers indicate a bearish upcoming week; sources said to Helixtap on Friday.

22 Jul 2022

Cambodia’s H1 rubber export revenue drops on weak rubber prices

Cambodia’s H1 rubber export revenue drops on weak rubber prices

Cambodia's rubber export revenue was hit in the first half of 2022, despite a rise in export volume, owing to southbound international prices.

20 Jul 2022

Vietnam’s boost to domestic tire sector unlikely to support farmer

Vietnam’s boost to domestic tire sector unlikely to support farmer

Vietnam is chugging to make a giant leap in domestic rubber use with the major tire maker DRC launching a new project to increase tire production, while others like Maxam and Kumho have already set the ball rolling. However, the market experts are not sure this would support the local rubber farmers owing to the country's semi-administrative price mechanism.

18 Jul 2022

Low Thai prices lure Chinese buying back, futures weaken

Low Thai prices lure Chinese buying back, futures weaken

A drop of 4% in Thai spot prices over the week resulted in some rebound in Chinese bulk buying during the Asian trade day. Meanwhile, the SICOM futures hit a six-month low amid global bearish cues and a grim short-term outlook, sources said to Helixtap on Friday.

16 Jul 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Price Analysis: SIR20 prices weaker than usual when compared to previous time periods

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Price Analysis: SIR20 prices weaker than usual when compared to previous time periods

The prior month saw a general decline in Helixtap STR20 prices, continuing a downward trend. Prices stayed beneath US$1,700/mt towards the end of June 2022 and were unable to move above this price level. Prices have fallen by US$55/mt over the month of June as a result of this downward trend. This was largely in line with our expectation last month that STR20 prices will likely stay at a lower range in the months ahead.

14 Jul 2022

Supply chain snag prompts US to boost domestic glove production

Supply chain snag prompts US to boost domestic glove production

Even as glove manufacturers across the globe weather post-pandemic oversupply scenario, the United States chugs forward with over a dozen glove-making projects due to domestic requirements, supply chain disruptions, and the long-term in mind.

13 Jul 2022

India rubber prices stay high

India rubber prices stay high

Indian rubber prices continue to climb north amid weakened supply, with the southwest monsoon gathering strength and impacting production, while demand remained robust in the past fortnight.

13 Jul 2022

Apprehension kept spot prices range-bound, producers unwilling to balk

Apprehension kept spot prices range-bound, producers unwilling to balk

Spot rubber market participants are repositioning the possibility of further southbound movement in the spot prices as China’s consideration of pumping stimulus into the market failed to rev up the market. However, producers held on to their offers after a week of downward adjustment in an attempt to stay green; sources said Helixtap on Friday.

08 Jul 2022

Buyers opt for economical Vietnam rubber,  export spikes in May

Buyers opt for economical Vietnam rubber,  export spikes in May

Vietnam rubber saw a surge in exports in May 2022 and is likely to continue in June, triggered by the widening gap between Vietnam rubber prices compared to the other Asian sources, even though the overall demand cues remained bearish.

06 Jul 2022

FSC-certification concerns stir Viet rubber sector

FSC-certification concerns stir Viet rubber sector

Vietnam's rubber sector needs to undergo structural changes to embark on the opportunity to cater to the global brands, and developed nations prioritize sourcing rubber from producers with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications, the industry's gold standard for meeting the legal and environmental norms.

05 Jul 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Monthly Differential Historical Analysis: Helixtap STR20 price differential over SICOM TSR20 tends to increase from February to May each year

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Monthly Differential Historical Analysis: Helixtap STR20 price differential over SICOM TSR20 tends to increase from February to May each year

According to seasonality analysis from 2016 to 2022, the Helixtap STR20 - SICOM TSR20 monthly differential has the tendency to trend upwards in annual wintering months from February to May each year. Across the years from February to May, this differential was observed to increase around 77% of the time.

05 Jul 2022

Indo producers under margin pressure, Thailand faces supply glut

Indo producers under margin pressure, Thailand faces supply glut

A surge in the raw material prices and bearish demand continued to break into Indonesian producers' confidence while Thailand market struggled with a supply glut situation; sources said Helixtap on Friday.

01 Jul 2022

Soil maps and fertilizer tackle system for Indian rubber

Soil maps and fertilizer tackle system for Indian rubber

The Indian Rubber Board has prepared soil fertility maps for the rubber growing areas in the country after holding an eight-year-long study to help producers understand the fertility status of their holdings and plan sustainable soil management for better production. The plan includes a fertilizer management system, which refines the discriminatory fertilizer recommendation based on soil testing.

01 Jul 2022

NR domestic prices high, but under CR import threat

NR domestic prices high, but under CR import threat

The Indian rubber prices continue to hover high in the second fortnight of June, with the southwest monsoon keeping a weak profile over Kerala creating a positive environment for rubber production and rain guarding amid good demand.

29 Jun 2022

Margin pressure propels Indo factories to shutdown

Margin pressure propels Indo factories to shutdown

The building pressure on the margins amid bearish demand and surge in the raw material prices is leading to a shutdown of two processing factories of Pt Prasidha Aneka Niaga in Palembang while few others continued to struggle even with 50% capacity utilization, sources said Helixtap.

29 Jun 2022

Rubber supply from Thailand and Indonesia likely to increase in the coming months

Rubber supply from Thailand and Indonesia likely to increase in the coming months

Physical rubber supply from Thailand and Indonesia is likely to increase in the coming months, after taking into consideration their weather forecast from their respective national meteorological agencies. Such an analysis was computed by also referencing a research study published in the IOP conference series on earth and environmental science. It must be noted that our calculations exclude the impact on rubber supply brought upon by unavailability of workers or any other man made events.

24 Jun 2022

Rubber hub Kerala floats rubber products venture

Rubber hub Kerala floats rubber products venture

Kerala state, which contributes over 70 percent of the 775,000 tons of rubber produced in a year in India, is making a serious bid to be a rubber products hub by 2030. Their plan is to attract investments to the tune of INR 1000 crore (US$ 128 million) in three phases.

23 Jun 2022

Global NR supply up, profit outlook bleak

Global NR supply up, profit outlook bleak

The global natural rubber supply has made a marked improvement to 991,000 tons in May 2022 from 941,000 tons in April 2022. Such a figure was 954,000 tons in March this year. A shortfall of 198,000 tons was recorded in May against an estimated demand of 1.19 million tons. While several NR producing countries are entering the off-tapping season, the market is optimistic about supply improving moving forward.

22 Jun 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber margins and intra regional spreads analysis: STR20 prices tend to fall less than SIR20 prices during wintering months

Helixtap Physical Rubber margins and intra regional spreads analysis: STR20 prices tend to fall less than SIR20 prices during wintering months

This article will offer readers analysis on Technically Specified Rubber (TSR) and raw material spreads and price spreads between various regional rubber prices. The price spread between TSR and their respective raw material will be a good proxy for manufacturer margins.

21 Jun 2022

Rubber prices rising but producers hinge on climate

Rubber prices rising but producers hinge on climate

Rubber prices are steadily increasing in the Indian domestic market amid some shortages despite a fortnight of weak monsoon.

17 Jun 2022

Booming Indian SR imports propel non-tire exports

Booming Indian SR imports propel non-tire exports

A surge in the Indian non-tire exports boosted the demand for imported synthetic rubber as the country clocked an annual rise of 36.6% to 577,410 tons in imports in fiscal 2021-2022. The year-on-year rise was significantly higher in value at US$1.258 million, up 73.85% during fiscal 2021, riding on increased production in the downstream sectors that emerged robust from the pandemic setback.

15 Jun 2022

Power short Sri Lanka fails to tap into rubber demand rebound

Power short Sri Lanka fails to tap into rubber demand rebound

Plagued by power shortage and leaf disease, Sri Lanka fails to tap into the rebound in global demand posting a marginal rise of 1.3% in exports from January to April 2022 compared to exports in the same period last year.

14 Jun 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Differential Analysis: physical rubber market trading at historically high differential premium over rubber futures

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Differential Analysis: physical rubber market trading at historically high differential premium over rubber futures

This article aims to provide analysis on the price differential between physical rubber and rubber futures prices across different periods of time. Such a differential is widely used by many market participants in long term contracts as they attempt to bridge the gap between physical and futures rubber prices.

14 Jun 2022

Indo & Vietnam spot prices find raw material support

Indo & Vietnam spot prices find raw material support

Indonesian and Vietnamese spot rubber prices saw some support from the raw material prices compared to the Thai and African rubber prices, even though Standard Indonesia Rubber (SIR) 20 saw a marginal drop of 1%, according to Helixtap data. Meanwhile, the Thai rubber market is witnessing a supply glut situation, sources said on Friday.

10 Jun 2022

Rubber Board to launch e-trading platform

Rubber Board to launch e-trading platform

The Indian Rubber Board is set to launch an e-trading platform 'mRube' in June 2022 to help Indian rubber producers and traders augment their reach and returns. The board intends the platform to boost the marketing efficacy of supply chain participants in natural rubber, helping them clock more business by reaching out to new sellers and buyers even in far-off places.

10 Jun 2022

ChemChina to set up US$97m aviation tires production facility

ChemChina to set up US$97m aviation tires production facility

In a bid to ease China's heavy reliance on the imports of civil aviation tires, state-owned ChemChina's aircraft tire subsidiary arm, Shuguang Rubber Industry Research & Design Institute, is tying up with an engineering firm Haohua Chemical Science & Technology, to produce 100,000 high-performance aircraft tires.

08 Jun 2022

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Price Analysis: SICOM TSR20 traded at lowest monthly average in the past 12 months

Helixtap Physical Rubber and Futures Price Analysis: SICOM TSR20 traded at lowest monthly average in the past 12 months

This article attempts to provide insights on price and trading dynamics of physical rubber and futures by analysing daily rubber prices at different time ranges. The respective time ranges are for the past year, the past month and the past week. The rubber grades covered are Helixtap SIR20, Helixtap STR20, Helixtap AFR10 and SICOM TSR 20 Futures.

07 Jun 2022

Vietnamese rubber banking on Chinese return

Vietnamese rubber banking on Chinese return

Vietnamese rubber producers are expecting some support for Standard Vietnamese Rubber (SVR) 20 prices with China slowly opening up from June 1, 2022, and the recent Chinese government's announcement of stimulus measures to boost the economy.

06 Jun 2022

Indian rubber imports make record surge

Indian rubber imports make record surge

The Indian rubber imports have clocked a record rise of 33.3% to 546,369 tons in fiscal 2022 (April 2021 - March 2022), although the Indian natural rubber production hit a decade high in fiscal 2022.

02 Jun 2022

India may extend ADD on Chinese tires

India may extend ADD on Chinese tires

India may extend ADD on Chinese tiresThe Indian Government is likely to continue with the anti-dumping duty (ADD) on imports of new/unused pneumatic radial tires from China. The tires that attract ADD are with or without tubes and/or flaps of rubber (including tubeless tires) having a nominal rim diameter code above 16 inches used in buses and lorries/trucks.

30 May 2022

Widespread Indo-Thai spread props Thai spot market

Widespread Indo-Thai spread props Thai spot market

Thai physical prices post gains on Asian trade day amid widespread between Indo and Thai rubber after a week of muted activities buying; sources said Helixtap on Friday. However, the overall sentiment continued to remain bearish amid weak global cues while market participants await China’s lockdown relaxation from June 01, 2022.

27 May 2022

Rains push Indian rubber prices up

Rains push Indian rubber prices up

Indian rubber prices are surging forward with incessant unseasonal rains caused by depressions off the west coast of India and in the Bay of Bengal, disrupting tapping in Kerala and the North-Eastern states.

25 May 2022

Indian passenger vehicle sales drop

Indian passenger vehicle sales drop

The Indian domestic passenger vehicle sales have slumped in April 2021, due to supply-side challenges including semiconductor shortage. A slowdown in demand amid inflationary trends due to oil and commodity price hikes also had an impact on vehicle sales.

23 May 2022

Goodyear posts highest Q1 revenue in a decade

Goodyear posts highest Q1 revenue in a decade

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s net sales have grown by 40pc in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of 2021 driven by the Cooper Tire merger, improvements in price/mix, higher volume, and increased sales from other tire-related businesses.

19 May 2022

Malaysian border reopening providing support to rubber industry

Malaysian border reopening providing support to rubber industry

Standard Malaysian Rubber (SMR) 20 prices trended downwards by approximately 7.6pc for the first two weeks in May 2022, as per Helixtap data. Market intelligence data collected by Helixtap suggests that the SMR 20 price in the middle of the month was around USD$1,675/t, the lowest since the start of this year. Such a trend was largely due to a drop in demand from China after lockdowns were announced in Shanghai due to their zero Covid policy.

18 May 2022

More natural rubber production to come from Africa

More natural rubber production to come from Africa

In Africa’s quest for a greater share in global natural rubber production, Ghana has launched an 826-acre rubber cultivation project, its biggest initiative so far.

17 May 2022

Indian natural rubber prices post good recovery with production costs increasing

Indian natural rubber prices post good recovery with production costs increasing

The rubber and rubber latex prices have made a good recovery from the fall last month-end, in view of a shortage of both commodities amid better demand.

10 May 2022

India rubber production hits a decade high

India rubber production hits a decade high

Provisional Indian natural rubber production reached a decade high at 775,000 tons in fiscal 2022 (April 2021 to March 2022), while the consumption rose to a record of 1.23 million tons, necessitating more imports.

10 May 2022

Tire retreading gaining traction

Tire retreading gaining traction

Major tire makers are pushing for tire retreading with improvisations like customized retreading rather than rolling out more new tires in an attempt to lower cost and dependency on natural rubber.

06 May 2022

Indian tire exports script phenomenal leap

Indian tire exports script phenomenal leap

Indian tire exports have made an impressive surge of 55% in the ten months leading to January 2022 compared to the same period last year due to a slowdown in the domestic tire replacement market and favorable global market conditions pre-Ukraine war.

06 May 2022

Cambodia rubber exports on an uptick

Cambodia rubber exports on an uptick

Cambodia's export of rubber and rubber products has zoomed past US$117 million in Q1 2022, up 6.9% year on year, owing to a surge in international rubber latex demand. Despite sluggish domestic demand and spiraling production, rubber latex exports clocked a growth of 10.9% to US$103 million in Q1 2022.

29 Apr 2022

Bearish demand dominates Malaysian rubber outlook

Bearish demand dominates Malaysian rubber outlook

Already plagued by months of extreme volatility, the Malaysian rubber market is likely to witness further weakness amid the daily turmoil brought on by rising Covid cases in China and the conflict in Ukraine as Standard Malaysian Rubber (SMR) 20 prices saw a drop of around 2.7% over April, as per Helixtap data.

28 Apr 2022

ANRPC floats SPM yet again, experts not optimistic

ANRPC floats SPM yet again, experts not optimistic

The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) is yet again bidding to establish a Sustainable Price Mechanism (SPM) for natural rubber among member countries to insulate producers from price falls. However, some market experts are doubtful if all the market players would be willing to accept a set pricing mechanism for spot trading.

26 Apr 2022

India eyes doubling rubber production by 2030

India eyes doubling rubber production by 2030

India has hit on two projects to double its rubber production area from the current 800,000 hectares by 2030 in a bid to cut its rubber import bill of INR 5000 crore (US$ 653 million) and be self-reliant.

22 Apr 2022

China lockdown cuts deeper into rubber prices than Russia-Ukraine conflict

China lockdown cuts deeper into rubber prices than Russia-Ukraine conflict

The rubber market is witnessing a larger fallout in the spot prices and demand, with China on lockdown for almost a month compared to the demand challenges posed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, leading to a cut back in some auto production in Europe.

21 Apr 2022

Indian natural rubber prices slide

Indian natural rubber prices slide

Indian natural rubber prices are on a downward spiral with a bevy of factors working against the producers. Meanwhile, a positive production outlook with an uptick in tire production could fuel some optimism for the Indian rubber prices in the coming weeks.

19 Apr 2022

China lockdown-induced chip shortage hits auto industry hard

China lockdown-induced chip shortage hits auto industry hard

The latest Covid surge and stringent lockdowns in China had aggravated the semiconductor shortage, hitting the global automotive sector hard when the demand remained robust. China, the leading producer of semiconductor chips globally, produced 359.4 billion Integrated Circuits (ICs) in 2021, up 33.3% year on year, but now struggles to keep the ball rolling in the wake of the supply-chain disruptions.

14 Apr 2022

ELT promises to replace sand in constructions

ELT promises to replace sand in constructions

The US$ 4.5 billion end-of-life tire (ELT) management market is in for a giant leap along with the over US$12 trillion global construction industry as the tire industry finds an alternative in shredded rubber particles using ELT to replace sand in concrete to close the sustainability loop.

14 Apr 2022

Rubber supply chain jitters grow with China’s “Zero-Covid” policy

Rubber supply chain jitters grow with China’s “Zero-Covid” policy

As extended lockdowns in China show no sign of abating soon, the inland-logistics jitters continue to grow, gridlocking the transportation in the country with a ripple effect on the spot rubber demand and prices.

12 Apr 2022

Passenger car sales boom boosts Indian tire demand

Passenger car sales boom boosts Indian tire demand

The passenger car segment is leading the Indian tire production surge, banking on the post-pandemic rebound in economic activities and augmented auto sales, pandemic setback.

07 Apr 2022

Climate change unsettles Indian rubber farmers

Climate change unsettles Indian rubber farmers

Climate change, in the form of an extended southwest monsoon, disrupted Indian rubber production. However, as the small farmers made a late comeback, the big producers were seen grappling with poor yield.

05 Apr 2022

African rubber might gain ground in western market with Suez Canal surcharge hike

African rubber might gain ground in western market with Suez Canal surcharge hike

African rubber is likely to gain traction in the US, and the European market over Asian rubber as Suez Canal Authority (SCA) increased the canal tolls from May 01, 2022, for "Containerships" transiting in the northbound direction. The move came as a blow, especially for the Asian rubber industry, adding to the cost while China's COVID-19 lockdown and tire manufacturers' closure of Eastern Europe factories weighed on demand and supply chain.

04 Apr 2022

Yokohama beefs up commercial tire segment with acquisition

Yokohama beefs up commercial tire segment with acquisition

To widen its presence in the commercial tire segment, Japanese Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. announced the acquisition of Sweden-based Trelleborg Wheel Systems (TWS) for about US$ 2.31 billion, on March 25, 2022.

04 Apr 2022

FLASH - Suez Canal surcharge hike a blow for Asian rubber

FLASH - Suez Canal surcharge hike a blow for Asian rubber

A hike in the Suez Canal surcharge from May 01, 2022, announced by the Suez Canal Authority, came as a blow to the rubber industry. The announcement added another layer of complexity as the cost of moving goods including rubber which relies on container ships would see a jump further weighing on the demand which is under duress due to China’s COVID-19 lockdown and tire manufacturers' closure of Eastern Europe factories and a disrupted supply chain.

01 Apr 2022

Renewed risks on global supply chain as China locks down

Renewed risks on global supply chain as China locks down

An extensive lockdown in Shanghai reignited the concerns in the rubber industry for a renewed disruption to global supply chains, which is already under duress by the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

31 Mar 2022

Supply chain woes plague US tire makers

Supply chain woes plague US tire makers

ASEAN reliant US rubber buyers are witnessing a setback as an aftermath of the ongoing Russia and Ukraine conflict. The supply chain disruptions, compounded by shipping container shortages, have thrown the end-users of natural rubber, especially the tire manufacturers, into a tailspin.

29 Mar 2022

Supply chain snags seen stretching through 2022 – Is rubber in trouble?

Supply chain snags seen stretching through 2022 – Is rubber in trouble?

A multitude of shocks caused by disruptive events ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic to geopolitics, with the ongoing war in Ukraine, has put the global supply chain in a fragile spot. Moreover, given ASEAN-dominated rubber production, the supply chain snags have caused backups in the outflows weighing demand and prices.

28 Mar 2022

New Indian rubber Bill triggers apprehension, might weigh on producers

New Indian rubber Bill triggers apprehension, might weigh on producers

The Indian government's move to introduce new rubber legislation to update the functioning of the domestic rubber industry and the rubber board triggered apprehensions among market participants and experts as it might undermine the position of the farmers and the Rubber Board.

25 Mar 2022

Malaysian rubber production & exports rebound in Jan

Malaysian rubber production & exports rebound in Jan

The Malaysian rubber market rebounded in January 2022, supported by an uptick in global manufacturing activities, some global rubber supply shortage, surging crude prices, and a weak ringgit against the US dollar.

24 Mar 2022

The impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on rubber prices

The impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on rubber prices

The impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on rubber prices

22 Mar 2022

Indian NR prices get the oil push

Indian NR prices get the oil push

The rally in crude oil prices rippled across the Indian natural rubber market as prices rose around 3% in March despite the elevated inventory levels owing to higher imports in November and December 2022.

21 Mar 2022

Malaysian rubber glove demand set to see a boost

Malaysian rubber glove demand set to see a boost

The rubber glove market witnessed an uptick in demand amid the recent Covid-19 outbreak in China, close on the heels of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and endemic globally, which drove down the demand.

18 Mar 2022

Synthetic rubber market in wait and watch mode

Synthetic rubber market in wait and watch mode

Uncertainty looms large over the synthetic rubber market amid highly volatile global crude oil prices in the wake of the Ukrainian war. As a result, stakeholders in the synthetic rubber and downstream tire markets kept their fingers crossed on the supply-demand equation and the prices of their products amid rising inflationary pressures across economies triggered by oil price hikes.

16 Mar 2022

Rough waters for rubber producers amid tire plant shutdowns and sanctions

Rough waters for rubber producers amid tire plant shutdowns and sanctions

The magnitude of the impact of the recent production cutback announcements by some tire majors on spot rubber demand and prices rattled the producers as they struggled to balance the cash flow and production amid tightening sanctions resulting from the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

15 Mar 2022

Indian tire firms face a hostile turf

Indian tire firms face a hostile turf

Major players in the Indian tire industry are in for tough times with a host of factors, including a hefty fine from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for alleged cartelization and higher input cost along with weak demand, throwing a spanner in their works.

08 Mar 2022

UPDATE: Asian rubber sees limited impact of Singapore’s sanction on Russia

UPDATE: Asian rubber sees limited impact of Singapore’s sanction on Russia

Recent unprecedented Singapore sanction on Russia which does not include rubber or rubber-related items is likely to have a limited impact on the Asian rubber industry. However, the recent extension of sanctions on Belarus has cautioned the sellers as they sought more clarity on the situation and the way forward, sources said Helixtap.

04 Mar 2022

Thai rubber producers caught in the mix of new world order

Thai rubber producers caught in the mix of new world order

Pandemic, climate changes, floods, and geopolitics have taken over the baton from market fundamentals to be the key price drivers since 2020, and 2022 seems to be following the trend. Disrupted supply chains, sanctions on Russia, and unpredictable weather have put Thai rubber producers and buyers in a spot lately.

03 Mar 2022

Weather and pandemic cap Indian rubber production growth for 2021

Weather and pandemic cap Indian rubber production growth for 2021

India is set to witness a marginal rise in rubber production in the financial year of 2021 (April 2021- March 2022) over 2020 owing to unpredictable weather and Omicron-driven demand slowdown.

01 Mar 2022

India buyers might opt for alternative sources

India buyers might opt for alternative sources

25 Feb 2022 India Domestic Market

25 Feb 2022

What Happens to Rubber Prices when Russia fully invades Ukraine?

What Happens to Rubber Prices when Russia fully invades Ukraine?

Geopolitical developments and position jostling have resulted in a tense military situation between Russia, Ukraine, and the Western World.

24 Feb 2022

India Market Local Auction Update

India Market Local Auction Update

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23 Feb 2022

Week's Roundup of Price Range [Indonesia]

Week's Roundup of Price Range [Indonesia]

100% DRC Rubber against finished SIR20 product

22 Feb 2022

Podcast - Are we really at the brink of a rubber supercycle? [16 Mins]

Podcast - Are we really at the brink of a rubber supercycle? [16 Mins]

Chairman and Co-Founder of Helixtap Technologies, Brian Miller, discusses the factors driving physical rubber prices higher - inflation, rising freight costs, labour shortages, and so on. Tune in to find out if we really are at the brink of a rubber supercycle!

21 Feb 2022

Thai producers struggle to keep heads above water

Thai producers struggle to keep heads above water

The recent spurt in the raw material prices came as a bane for the Thai rubber producers as they struggle to endure squeezing margins amid flailing demand leaving little room to play around with spot prices.

21 Feb 2022

Malaysian production drop, hotter weather promises tighter supply

Malaysian production drop, hotter weather promises tighter supply

Standard Malaysian Rubber (SMR) 20 prices may be edging back toward the $1900 level by later this month as 2021 domestic rubber production drop and hot weather over the days ahead could tighten supply. Over the past week, SMR 20 prices in the physical market rose by around 4%, with offers reaching briefly at US$1880/mt FOB Klang/, data from Helixtap shows.

14 Feb 2022

Is rubber entering a supercycle?

Is rubber entering a supercycle?

With inflation surging at a record-breaking pace worldwide, it's no surprise that commodities have turned out as one of the hottest assets of 2022, with rubber as no exception. However, the situation has sparked a debate on the sustainability of the hike in rubber prices and how it will affect the physical market.

10 Feb 2022

High premium prices weigh on LTC volume for Indo rubber

High premium prices weigh on LTC volume for Indo rubber

Low long-term contract volume booking for Indonesian rubber due to higher offers led to a supply glut compelling the Indo producers to match buyers’ expectations reversing the premium for spot prices with Thai rubber, sources said Helixtap.

27 Jan 2022

Thai rubber exports rebound in October

Thai rubber exports rebound in October

Thailand clocked around 9.4% month-on-month rise in natural rubber exports (including compound rubber) in October 2021 to 421,221.37, up from 385,087.09 tons in September 2021, primarily driven by the demand from some major international tire manufacturers, as per the data published by the Thai Rubber Association.

24 Jan 2022

Drop-in smallholders’ contribution impacts Malaysia’s November rubber production

Drop-in smallholders’ contribution impacts Malaysia’s November rubber production

Malaysian rubber industry took a massive hit on production, posting a yearly drop of 26.8 % in November amid a decline in the contribution of smallholders owing to rain driven supply disruptions, as per the data published by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) on January 14, 2022.

17 Jan 2022

Early wintering or shipment delays – what’s driving STR prices

Early wintering or shipment delays – what’s driving STR prices

Reports of early wintering and some shipment delays nudged the Thai processed rubber prices, narrowing the spread between Indonesian processed rubber by around 70% in the first week of January 2022.

12 Jan 2022

Consumer vs Supplier: race to rubber sustainability

Consumer vs Supplier: race to rubber sustainability

Over the last decade, the natural rubber industry has come under increasing pressure to be environmentally responsible since the 2015 Paris Agreement, which was again underscored after COP 26. The pressure is mounting on all sides, be it the consumers or the suppliers.

17 Dec 2021

Out-of-kilter futures put LTC benchmark in question

Out-of-kilter futures put LTC benchmark in question

The widening spread between the long-term contract price level and the physical market price, underscores the delink between the benchmark used in the negotiations and the actual market level, a factor that will influence the costs for both buyers and sellers in 2022.

26 Nov 2021

Malaysian rubber struggles: Labour shortage, production drop, import bans

Malaysian rubber struggles: Labour shortage, production drop, import bans

Labour shortage struck Malaysian rubber industry takes a hit on production posting a yearly drop of 10% in September after some of the major glove producers faced import bans in the US over poor labour practices.

16 Nov 2021

Expectation vs. reality: Is rubber industry moving towards a supply deficit in long term?

Expectation vs. reality: Is rubber industry moving towards a supply deficit in long term?

For much of the past 5 years, the rubber economy has struggled with overproduction. With the global economy reviving from the pandemic-driven slowdown, the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) is anticipating a rubber supply deficit in the next couple of years. However, slower than expected revival of the automotive sector due to chip shortage could disrupt the market dynamics.

12 Nov 2021

Inflation Risks Triggers Anxiety as Supply Constraints Persist

Inflation Risks Triggers Anxiety as Supply Constraints Persist

Higher commodity prices fanned global inflation following the surge in demand post easing of Covid-19 has jeopardized the rubber market as it continued to confront supply bottlenecks and rising energy prices.

12 Nov 2021

Thai-rubber exports continue to grow in August

Thai-rubber exports continue to grow in August

Thailand clocked a 15.5% month on month rise in natural rubber exports (including compound rubber), in August 2021 to 394,264.92 tons, up from 354,740.51 tons in July 2021, primarily driven by the demand from India and some major international tire manufacturers, as per the data published by the Thai Rubber Association.

21 Oct 2021

China's speculative buying sends rubber market reeling

China's speculative buying sends rubber market reeling

Some speculative buying from China muddled up the rubber market dynamics as the market nears the long-term contract negotiation ensuing spike in the rubber spot prices, promoting the sellers to up their offers by around $70/mt despite limited demand.

20 Oct 2021

Malaysian August rubber production drops despite increased demand

Malaysian August rubber production drops despite increased demand

Malaysian rubber production dropped 11.7% in August, 42,942 tons from 48,610 tons in July owing to persistent rains and pandemic-driven production disruption, as per the data published by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Meanwhile, both domestic consumption and exports saw a surge during the month.

19 Oct 2021

Tires companies opt for alternative freight options

Tires companies opt for alternative freight options

In an attempt to dodge massive delays in shipments, a few tire companies opted for alternative freight options to ship in rubber to keep the supply chain undisrupted. Meanwhile, it’s a double whammy for the producers and processors as they struggled to find containers for ready-made shipments while dealing with problems in cash flow.

08 Oct 2021

Rubber industry grapples with aftershock of China’s crackdown

Rubber industry grapples with aftershock of China’s crackdown

The crackdown on power consumption coupled with the crisis of Evergrande Group looms large over the demand for natural rubber in China as the industrial manufacturing sector of the country faces a setback.

07 Oct 2021

Indonesian processors seek answers in Thai rubber, but supplies limited

Indonesian processors seek answers in Thai rubber, but supplies limited

Thai rubber demand and prices are booming as the Indonesian processors join the buyers’ queue, but heavy rains have completely disrupted the supply chain limiting availability.

04 Oct 2021

Malaysia clocks marginal increase in rubber exports in July

Malaysia clocks marginal increase in rubber exports in July

Malaysian rubber exports posted a marginal month-on-month rise of 0.1% in July to 48,645 tons in July 2021 against 48,589 tons in June 2021, owing to a slowdown in imports from China, as per the data published by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia.

23 Sep 2021

ANRPC ups demand forecast but challenges from external factors remain

ANRPC ups demand forecast but challenges from external factors remain

Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) revised its demand forecast to 14.1 million tons, up from 13.7 million tons for 2021 anticipating better demand from the Asian market lead by China and India. However, a combination of increasing global Covid cases and a disrupted supply chain could dampen the market confidence.

22 Sep 2021

Wipolimex buys Bangkinang’s factory at US$3.5 million

Wipolimex buys Bangkinang’s factory at US$3.5 million

PT Wipolimex Raya, a mid-sized rubber producer in Indonesia, acquires the New Fountain factory of P&P Bangkinang(SCQ) at US$3.5 million, on September 15, 2021.

20 Sep 2021

Setting ground for African rubber industry to grow

Setting ground for African rubber industry to grow

With the growing demand for African rubber in the Asian market, the Ivory Coast government has set up a new law this week to process all rubber produced from the country before exports, as per the industry reports.

17 Sep 2021

Rubber Industry Struggles with Disrupted Supply Chain

Rubber Industry Struggles with Disrupted Supply Chain

The rubber supply chain seems to be grappling under the pressure of regular disruption in production coupled with soaring freight rates as both buyers are sellers struggle to maintain the status quo.

15 Sep 2021

SIR vs STR: pandemic-driven supply disruption fuels rivalry

SIR vs STR: pandemic-driven supply disruption fuels rivalry

Indonesian natural rubber sees a surge in buying interest compared to Thai natural rubber for the same Technically Specified Rubber (TSR) 20 grade despite higher price as Thailand struggled with

10 Sep 2021

Coaltrans: Asia prices to head south in H2 2017 on supply overhang, weak demand - Noble

Coaltrans: Asia prices to head south in H2 2017 on supply overhang, weak demand - Noble

Bali — Asia seaborne thermal coal prices are likely to continue to trek south in the second half of this year, as the market works through a supply overhang and bearish Chinese import demand, according to Noble Group.

09 Sep 2021

Taiwan Taipower's move to buy more Indonesian thermal coal hits suppliers amid tightness

Taiwan Taipower's move to buy more Indonesian thermal coal hits suppliers amid tightness

Taiwanese utility Taiwan Power Company, or Taipower, has exercised its option to procure additional thermal coal cargoes this year under existing contracts, leaving Indonesian suppliers gasping amid supply tightness and a significant rise in prices in recent months, sources said this week.

09 Sep 2021