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Rubber Manufacturing and Processing Market Report

  • ID: 3833
  • January 1999
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • Key Note Ltd
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The rubber manufacturing and processing industries, which are based on the consumption of either natural or synthetic rubber, are very dependent on sales to the transport industries (road, air, rail and marine). These industries collectively account for approximately 70% of the UK's estimated £2.77bn apparent market in 1998.

Sales of non-tyre products to the transport sector, such as vehicle hoses, tubing, fan belts, transmission belts, seals, sealants, cellular foam for seating and moulded profiles, etc., have an estimated market value of £560m. Other rubber-based goods made for industries outside the transport sector include conveyor and elevator belts, gloves, contraceptives, inflatable dinghies, roller coverings, industrial hoses, flooring, toys, tubing for medical equipment, hygienic aids and a variety of other products. Sales of these products have an estimated apparent market value of £840m.

Although manufacturers' sales increased by 12.1% between 1994 and 1998 to an estimated £3.1bn in 1998, the corresponding rate of increase in the apparent market was only 6.9%. Exports grew by 15.2% and imports by 3.8% in value terms.

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