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Thai Floods to Dent Q1 Global Rubber Output: ANRPC


JANUARY 14, 2017

Mumbai. Global natural rubber output is likely to fall in the first quarter of 2017 as floods have disrupted tapping in top producer Thailand, the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries, or ANRPC, said.

Output for the period is expected to fall 0.8 percent from a year-ago level to 2.44 million metric tons.

However, annual production from the ANRPC members, which together account for about 92 percent of global output, could rise 4 percent to 11.2 million tons in 2017, after stagnating over the past three years, the association said in a statement on Friday (13/01).

"Due to floods, Thailand will be able to produce only 4.381 million tons of natural rubber during 2017 as against 4.741 million tons originally expected," the association said.

Southern Thailand has suffered downpours since Jan. 1, resulting in flash floods that have killed 36 people. Global rubber prices JRUc6 have spiked on concerns about the impact on output.