FAR EAST: Vietnam predicted to become third largest rubber exporter

In Thailand , the top supplier, output is set to advance 4.2 % to 3.74 million tonnes, while Indonesia may post a 2.1 % increase to 3.16 million tonnes, it said.

A global glut of natural rubber will probably expand in 2014 as production increases at a faster pace than consumption, according to the report.

The surplus may climb to 366,000 tonnes from 336,000 tonnes in 2013, said Prachaya Jumpasut, managing director of the industry adviser.

Global use may expand 3.1 % to nearly 11.6 million tonnes in 2014, less than the 4.1 percent growth estimated in September, the report showed, adding that production will climb 3.3 % to over 11.9 million tonnes in 2014 in comparison with an earlier estimate of 3 %.

Increases in Vietnam and smaller suppliers such as Myanmar and Cambodia contributed to the higher forecast, said Prachaya.

Source: Daily "VietnamPlus", Hanoi; 30 Dec 2013
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)