According to data from the International Rubber Study Group, in 2015 about 12 million tonnes of natural rubber have been produced. World production has nearly doubled since 2000. Due to good
climatic conditions and, for a long stretch of time, availability of land, about 80% of the global rubber production originates from Asia. According to a 2015 study by Accenture, the biggest
producers in 2013 were Thailand (34%), Indonesia (26%), Vietnam (8%), China (7%), India (7%) and Malaysia (7%).
The same study documents that the biggest importers of rubber in 2013 were China (37%), the EU (10%), the USA (8%), India (8%) and Japan (7%). The main reason for this is that most tires are
produced in China. More details about global latex production, you can find here.
Fairly produced rubber has only a tiny market share. Since 2012 just a little over 600 tonnes of dry rubber content have been traded according to the criteria of the Fair Rubber Association. Because of this, more than 300.000 € of Fair Trade premiums could be passed on to our producer partners and have been used
there for a wide range of different Fair Trade projects.