Sri Lanka Rubber Product

Started in 1876, with the planting of 1,919 rubber seedlings at the Henerathgoda Botanical Gardens in Gampaha, Sri Lankan that became the origin of an uninterrupted and profitable supply chain of an agricultural commodity, Sri Lanka, the cradle of the global rubber revolution and one of the eleven natural rubber growing countries in the world,

The traditional rubber growing areas of Sri Lanka is located mainly in the wet zone in a land extent of 127,500 hectares. The country’s traditional rubber growing districts include Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Galle, Matara, Kurunegala, Rathnapura, and Kegalle.

Sri Lanka’s rubber exports have diminished from 120,900 metric tons in 1980 to a mere 16,300 metric tons in 2014, as per the statistics provided by the Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s rubber cultivation has got limited to a mere 133,000 hectares and produced only 98,570 metric tons of natural rubber in the year 2014.

In the meantime, Thailand, the world’s leading exporter of natural rubber has 3,138,170 hectares of rubber and produced 4.5 million tons in the year 2016 with a yield 4.44 tons per hectare.

the government and the private sector stake holders of the Sri Lankan rubber industry has set a high target to increase the share of rubber & rubber product export earnings by 15% and the total exports of the sector to exceed US$ 3bn by the year 2020.

Sri Lanka prides itself in manufacturing a number of value added rubber products by processing raw rubber. These range from Rubber Products made in Sri Lanka are internationally acclaimed and accepted for quality and durability.

Sri Lanka’s industrial solid tyres are not only recognized as the best product in the world but also industry prides itself as the market leader of the global market.

At present the country ranks among the world’s top ten largest producers and 7th largest exporter in natural rubber.

Sri Lanka produces about 153,000 metric tons of natural rubber annually. Rubber is manufactured in a variety of traditionally acceptable grades that are absorbed by the markets.

70% is absorbed by the rubber products manufacturing sector comprising of organizations categorized as small, medium and large. These manufacturing organizations collectively have a large portfolio of different products that are manufactured either for local sales or predominantly for the lucrative export market.

products range comprises of such items as solid tyres, latex gloves, rubber bands, extrusions, beadings, mats, miscellaneous sports goods etc. The versatility and experience of the technologists and designers enables the manufacture of rubber products to suit the stringent and competitive requirements of the marketplace and are internationally acclaimed and accepted for quality and durability.

excellent potential for exponential growth with the global industry growing annually at 4-6%. Sri Lanka’s range of products has ample room to evolve with new developments and research in the field.

Sri Lanka produces almost all types of Natural Rubber (NR) available in the market including: Ribbed Smoked Sheet (RSS), Latex Crepe, Sole Crepe, Scrap Crepe, all grades of Technically Specified Rubber (TSR), Specialty Rubbers and Latex Concentrate.

These range from extrusion products such as rubber bands, beadings, latex products such as medical, industrial and household gloves, industrial products such as hoses, auto parts, industrial components, tyres, tubes, automotive and aviation tyres and general rubber products such as floor mats, carpets, sports goods, footwear, hot water bottles and related components.

Latex Based Products

Latex products include rubber gloves, hygienic or pharmaceutical articles, latex thread and articles of apparel & clothing products.

Dry Rubber- based Products

Solid rubber products mainly consist of two categories, namely tyre and non-tyre. Tyre sector includes pneumatic tyres, solid tyres and tread materials. In the dry rubber sector, tyre category dominates the non-tyre sector .

Natural Rubber

Sri Lankan Natural Rubber is exported both in the raw & value added form. The country now has a premium quality natural rubber type known as Lanakprene which is an odour free to a certain extend light coloured, clean, rubber which is ideally suited for medical equipment and up market, value added products .

Rubber Manufacturers & Suppliers in Sri Lanka export raw rubber in the following forms.

  • Latex Rubber
  • Sheet Rubber
  • Technically Specified Rubber
  • Crepe Rubber
  • Block Rubber

Surgical gloves

Sri Lankan Gloves manufacturers & suppliers hold Latex to be perhaps the best raw material to manufacture certain products such as surgical gloves, thin walled products like condoms and extremely flexible hoses.

Household Gloves

the gloves are termed household, they are widely used in the industry for variety of purposes. The unlined gloves are widely used in the food industry. The global demand for rubber gloves has increased due to recent regulations on occupational safety.

Tyre sector

Pneumatic Rubber Tyres

Tyres produced under this type consist of tyres used for motor cars including racing cars, wagons, buses, lorries, motor bicycles, bicycles and industrial machinery.

Motorcycle tyres are categorized into two types; viz. road tyres and off road tyres. Road tyres are designed for more miles, better handling, grip and safety by positioning hard and soft rubber where needed. United States is the major importer of Sri Lankan pneumatic tyres.

Solid or Cushion Tyres

primarily used in material handling vehicles in areas such as airports, ports and transporting goods for storage. Sri Lanka has developed into a center for the production of solid industrial tyres and is the number one exporter of solid tyres which accounts for approximately 20% of global market share at present. USA is the largest importer of solid tyre from Sri Lanka. Belgium, Germany, Italy are the other major importers of solid tyre products.

Non-tyre sector

The non tyre sector manufacturers are also specialized in moulded rubber products and accessories used in the industries-rubber bands, hoses, auto parts, industrial components such as beadings, gaskets, washers.

General rubber products such as carpets, floor mats, sport goods, footwear, hot water bottles and related components .

Rubber Export Markets

  • The United States
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • The United Kingdom

Markets for Semi-processed Sri Lankan rubber

  • Pakistan
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Japan
  • Germany

Quality & Durability aspects

Rubber products made in Sri Lanka are internationally acclaimed and accepted for quality and durability. Sri Lanka’s rubber & Rubber based products industry consists of around 250 SMEs and Micro level factories plus around 30 large companies including multinational companies as mentioned above

Export Performance

Years Value in US $ Million
2012 981.77
2013 959.03
2014 935
2015 787.3
2016 800.56

 

Global Market for Rubber product 

Countries

Value in US $ Million

USA 246.85
Germany 96.1
Belgium 44.38
Italy 34.88
UK 29.07
Canada 28.67
France 26.38
India 21.17
Brazil 20.36
Australia 19.61

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