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The Secretariat of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) publishes comprehensive data on production, consumption, trade and prices - covering both natural rubber (NR) and synthetic rubber (SR) - on a quarterly basis in its flagship documents, the Rubber Statistical Bulletin and the Rubber Industry Report, with the latter also containing the latest analysis and short-term forecasts. Concurrently, the Secretariat's biannual World Rubber Industry Outlook presents the latest long-term forecasts for the next ten years, covering the world economy as well as the vehicle, tyre and rubber sectors, while the impact of a number of alternative scenarios on future rubber consumption and production are also considered.

The October-December editions of the Rubber Statistical Bulletin and the Rubber Industry Report, as well as the December edition of the World Rubber Industry Outlook, are now available from the IRSG.

Following a 7.5% decline in 2009, global rubber consumption (both NR and SR) is forecast to grow by a robust 15.3% in 2010, reaching 24.3 million tonnes, with NR production of 10.2 million tonnes; in 2011, global demand is expected to expand by a further 6.3%. In the longer term, driven largely by strong growth in the emerging markets, global rubber consumption is forecast to reach 33.9 million tonnes by 2020, with NR production of 15.4 million tonnes.

All IRSG publications are available free of charge for Member Governments and members of the Panel of Associates. Annual subscriptions and single copies can be purchased by non-members via the website of the IRSG: