Does Malaysia's Rubber Glove Export Reduction Affect The Reclaimed Rubber Market?

- Nov 03, 2020-

Recently, the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association stated that due to labor shortages, Malaysia will reduce the export volume of rubber gloves; it is understood that the export volume of rubber gloves in Malaysia fell by 4.5% in the first half of this year, and the annual export volume is expected to decrease from 195 billion to 188 billion. only. As one of the main producers of natural rubber in the world, Malaysia exports more than 60% of global rubber gloves each year. With the continuous development of the reclaimed rubber industry, waste natural rubber gloves have become the main raw material for latex reclaimed rubber, and the export volume may decrease Affect the structure of the recycled rubber market.

Natural reclaimed rubber, namely latex reclaimed rubber, is a new low-cost raw material that replaces natural rubber. Its main raw materials include natural rubber, waste rubber cup, rubber thread, latex product factory waste rubber, various waste natural rubber gloves, waste latex finger cots, and condoms Etc. Waste natural rubber gloves are one of them; the reduction in the production of rubber gloves in Malaysia will lead to a shortage of natural reclaimed rubber materials in the short term; as far as the current situation is concerned, although the export volume of latex gloves has decreased, it is still higher than the export volume last year, plus other waste natural As raw materials for rubber and waste latex, the editor boldly predicts that it will not have much impact on the reclaimed rubber market in the short term.

If the output of rubber gloves in Malaysia continues to shrink, the latex reclaimed rubber market may be broken. The Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) has appealed to the European Union to allow at least 18 months to comply with its standards for reducing workers’ overtime hours in order to avoid shortages of rubber gloves; and is formulating a code of conduct for the rubber products industry, involving worker safety, Several key issues such as working environment and welfare, and the shortage of natural rubber gloves are expected to be resolved in the short term. Therefore, reclaimed rubber factories and downstream users of natural reclaimed rubber do not have to worry too much.