Down the tube: Revenue has declined due to rising imports and the loss of major markets

IBISWorld’s Natural Rubber Product Manufacturing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

As with numerous manufacturing industries in Australia, the Natural Rubber Product Manufacturing industry faces stiff competition from imports. Local manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to compete on price. Demand from major markets such as the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing industry is significantly weakening, further affecting the industry. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2016-17. Industry revenue expected to fall by 3.9% in 2016-17, to reach $792.3 million. Declines in demand from construction and motor vehicle manufacturing are expected to drive the current-year revenue decline.

The industry manufactures a range of rubber products, including rubber washers and rubber belts used in car engines...

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Natural Rubber Product Manufacturing industry exhibits a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on capital costs, $9.73 is spent on wages. Rising import penetration has forced domestic manufacturers to pursue niche markets, focusing on custom products. This has resulted in higher levels of labour involvement relative to capital investment. Firms focus on servicing customer needs rather than investing heavily in developing products that would create new markets.

Many industry products are designed to meet customer specifications, such as the one-off production of rubber tubing for mining companies. Mac..

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Industry Products

What is the Natural Rubber Product Manufacturing Industry?

Industry operators manufacture a variety of products that are made solely from natural rubber. These products range from rubber foam and floor coverings, to conveyor belts and tubing.

Industry Products
Rubber belting
Rubber tubes, pipes and hoses
Rubber sheets, strips, plates and profile shapes
Sponge and foam rubber
Other products
Industry Activities
Natural rubber conveyor belt
Resilient natural rubber floor covering or underlay
Natural rubber tubing
Natural rubber hose
Natural rubber sheeting

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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