Rubber Market by Type (Synthetic Rubber, Natural Rubber), Application (Tire, Non-Tire Automotive, Footwear, Industrial Goods, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

Rubber Market by Type (Synthetic Rubber, Natural Rubber), Application (Tire, Non-Tire Automotive, Footwear, Industrial Goods, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

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Rubber Market Size:

The global rubber market size reached US$ 45.4 Billion in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 68.2 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% during 2024-2032. The market is experiencing robust growth, driven by increasing demand in the automotive and healthcare sectors, continual advancements in rubber manufacturing technologies, and the impacts of global economic growth and urbanization.

Report Attribute 
Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2023
US$ 45.4 Billion
Market Forecast in 2032
US$ 68.2 Billion
Market Growth Rate 2024-2032 4.5%

Rubber Market Analysis:

  • Market Growth and Size: The global rubber market is experiencing robust growth, driven by increasing demand in the automotive and healthcare sectors, advancements in rubber manufacturing technologies, and the impacts of global economic growth and urbanization. The market size is substantial and continues to expand.  
  • Major Market Drivers: The primary drivers of the rubber market include the automotive industry's increasing demand, technological advancements in rubber manufacturing, the healthcare sector's rising need for rubber products, and global economic growth and urbanization trends.
  • Technological Advancements: Innovations in synthetic rubber production and sustainable manufacturing practices are significant technological advancements in the rubber industry, contributing to product quality and environmental sustainability.
  • Industry Applications: Rubber finds extensive applications in the tire, non-tire automotive, footwear, and industrial goods sectors, with tires being the largest segment, followed by non-tire automotive.
  • Key Market Trends: Key trends in the rubber market include the shift towards electric vehicles and the demand for specialized rubber components, increasing use of natural rubber for gloves and medical devices, and a growing focus on sustainability and eco-friendly rubber manufacturing processes.
  • Geographical Trends: Asia Pacific leads the rubber market due to its thriving automotive and manufacturing sectors, while North America and Europe have mature markets with a focus on quality and innovation. Latin America and the Middle East and Africa regions are experiencing steady growth.
  • Competitive Landscape: Major players in the rubber market are investing in research and development, sustainability, collaborations, and geographical expansion to maintain their market presence and meet evolving industry demands.
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Challenges include price volatility of raw materials and environmental concerns. Opportunities lie in developing specialized rubber products for emerging industries, meeting sustainability goals, and expanding into untapped regions with growing demand for rubber.

Global Rubber Market

Rubber Market Trends:

Increased demand in automotive industry

Rubber is a key material in manufacturing tires, hoses, belts, and various sealing products essential for vehicles. With the growth of the automotive industry, driven by rising vehicle ownership and the need for replacement tires, the demand for rubber has increased. This sector's expansion is propelled by increasing disposable income, urbanization, and the growth of the middle class in various countries. Additionally, the trend towards electric vehicles (EVs) and the need for specialized rubber components for these vehicles further bolster the market. The automotive industry's requirement for high-quality, durable rubber products ensures a steady demand, making it a primary driver of the rubber market.  

Technological advancements in rubber manufacturing

Emerging innovations in synthetic rubber production, such as improved polymerization techniques, have enhanced the quality and efficiency of rubber production. These advancements have led to the development of superior rubber types with better properties like increased heat resistance, durability, and flexibility, expanding their applications across various industries. Moreover, technology has enabled more sustainable manufacturing practices, like the incorporation of eco-friendly materials and recycling processes, which appeal to environmentally conscious consumers and industries. As industries continually seek high-performance, sustainable rubber materials, technological innovations in this field significantly influence market growth. 

Rising demand in the healthcare sector

The healthcare industry's expanding demand for rubber, particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is a key factor driving the rubber market. Rubber products, including gloves, catheters, and seals in medical devices, are essential for various healthcare applications. The pandemic has led to a rise in the use of disposable rubber gloves, significantly propelling the market. Additionally, the aging global population and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases have escalated the demand for medical devices and products, many of which utilize rubber components. The healthcare industry's stringent standards for quality and safety ensure a continuous need for high-grade medical rubber, thus contributing to the growth of the rubber market.

Rubber Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the market, along with forecasts at the global, regional, and country levels for 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on type and application.

Breakup by Type:

  • Synthetic Rubber
  • Natural Rubber

Synthetic rubber accounts for the majority of the market share

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the type. This includes synthetic rubber and natural rubber. According to the report, synthetic rubber represented the largest segment.   

Synthetic rubber, known for its superior properties like heat resistance, durability, and flexibility, is essential in manufacturing tires, hoses, and belts for vehicles. The versatility and consistent quality of synthetic rubber make it ideal for automotive applications, where performance and reliability are crucial. The rise in vehicle production and the shift towards electric vehicles, which require specialized rubber parts, further reinforce this segment's dominance in the rubber market.

On the other hand, natural rubber, derived from latex, is valued for its elasticity and resilience. It's commonly used in products like gloves, footwear, and certain automotive components.

Breakup by Application:

  • Tire
  • Non-Tire Automotive
  • Footwear
  • Industrial Goods
  • Others

Tire holds the largest share in the industry

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application have also been provided in the report. This includes tire, non-tire automotive, footwear, industrial goods, and others. According to the report, tire accounted for the largest market share.    

The tire segment holds the largest share in the rubber market, attributed to the indispensable role of rubber in tire manufacturing for various vehicles. This dominance is driven by the continuous global increase in vehicle production, the need for tire replacement in existing vehicles, and the rising consumer preference for high-performance and durable tires. The tire segment's growth is further propelled by the burgeoning automotive sector, including both traditional and electric vehicles, where quality and reliability of tires are paramount for safety and performance.    

On the other hand, non-tire automotive segment focuses on rubber components other than tires, such as hoses, belts, and seals, vital for vehicle assembly and operation.    

Furthermore, rubber is extensively used in the footwear industry for soles and other components, prized for its durability, flexibility, and comfort.  

Moreover, in industrial applications, rubber is used in products, including conveyor belts, seals, and gaskets, crucial for various manufacturing and industrial processes.

Breakup by Region:

  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Others
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa

Asia Pacific leads the market, accounting for the largest rubber market share

The market research report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others), Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and others), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others), and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share.

Asia Pacific stands as the dominant region in the market, due to its thriving automotive and manufacturing sectors. The region's robust economic growth, particularly in countries such as China and India, has fueled the demand for rubber products, ranging from automotive components to industrial goods. Additionally, the presence of major tire manufacturers and a growing population with increasing disposable income further solidify Asia Pacific's position as the leading market for rubber. Furthermore, the region's focus on sustainable and innovative production techniques is attracting global attention and investment, enhancing its market dominance.

North America boasts a mature rubber market, driven by the well-established automotive industry and demand for industrial rubber goods. This market is also supported by the presence of advanced research and development facilities, which are continuously working towards enhancing rubber quality and expanding its applications across various industries.

Europe's rubber market benefits from a strong automotive sector and the need for high-quality rubber products in various industries. Additionally, Europe's stringent environmental regulations are prompting the development of eco-friendly rubber products, further contributing to the market's growth and innovation.

Latin America's rubber market experiences growth, supported by the automotive and industrial sectors, along with favorable climatic conditions for natural rubber production. The region is also seeing an increase in foreign investments and collaborations, aiming to tap into its vast natural resources and growing market potential.

The Middle East and Africa region, though smaller in the global context, witnesses steady growth due to infrastructure development and the automotive industry's expansion. The increasing focus on diversifying economies and boosting non-oil sectors in this region is also contributing to the growth and development of the market.

Leading Key Players in the Rubber Industry:

The key players in the global market are actively engaged in strategic initiatives to maintain and expand their market presence. These initiatives include extensive research and development efforts to innovate and introduce new products with enhanced properties, catering to evolving industry needs. Additionally, major players are focusing on sustainability by adopting eco-friendly production processes and materials, aligning with global environmental concerns. Collaborations and partnerships with automotive manufacturers and other industries are common, ensuring a consistent supply chain and customer loyalty. Furthermore, market leaders are keen on geographical expansion and market diversification to tap into emerging regions and applications, thereby ensuring their competitive edge in the market.   

The market research report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:  

  • Arlanxeo (Saudi Arabian Oil Co.)
  • Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd.
  • LG Chem Ltd.
  • Southland Holdings LLC
  • Sri Trang Agro-Industry Plc
  • TSRC Corporation
  • Unitex Rubber Co. Ltd.
  • Vietnam Rubber Group
  • Von Bundit Co. Ltd.

(Please note that this is only a partial list of the key players, and the complete list is provided in the report.)

Latest News: 

  • 18 December 2023: Vietnam Rubber Group has been recognized as a “Vietnam Rubber” brand6. The company is promoting Sustainable Forest Management Certification for rubber forests according to the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS) and the PEFC CoC Chain of Custody for its member units.    
  • 1 September 2023: TSRC planned to increase its shareholding in Shenhua Chemical. TSRC maintains its long-term participation and positive prospect of the stable synthetic rubber market demand in mainland China, while continuing its close customer collaboration and focus on growing its specialty chemicals position and building enterprise sustainability.
  • 15 February 2023: Southland Holdings LLC completed collaboration with Legato Merger Corp. II.  

Global Rubber Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical Trends and Market Outlook, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Future Market Assessment:
  • Type
  • Application
  • Region
Types Covered Synthetic Rubber, Natural Rubber
Applications Covered Tire, Non-Tire Automotive, Footwear, Industrial Goods, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Arlanxeo (Saudi Arabian Oil Co.), Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd., LG Chem Ltd., Southland Holdings LLC, Sri Trang Agro-Industry Plc, TSRC Corporation, Unitex Rubber Co. Ltd., Vietnam Rubber Group, Von Bundit Co. Ltd., etc

(Please note that this is only a partial list of the key players, and the complete list is provided in the report.)
Customization Scope 10% Free Customization
Report Price and Purchase Option Single User License: US$ 3899
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Delivery Format PDF and Excel through Email (We can also provide the editable version of the report in PPT/Word format on special request)

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s industry report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the rubber market from 2018-2032.
  • The research report provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global rubber market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assists stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the rubber industry and its attractiveness.
  • The competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global rubber market was valued at US$ 45.4 Billion in 2023.

We expect the global rubber market to exhibit a CAGR of 4.5% during 2024-2032.

The rising integration of smart rubber materials with advanced technologies, such as sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, etc., to detect changes in the environment, send signals, and change the shape or stiffness of the rubber, is primarily driving the global rubber market.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations, resulting in the temporary halt in numerous production activities for rubbers.

Based on the type, the global rubber market has been divided into synthetic rubber and natural rubber, where synthetic rubber currently exhibits a clear dominance in the market.

Based on the application, the global rubber market can be segmented into tire, non-tire automotive, footwear, industrial goods, and others. Currently, tire holds the majority of the total market share.

On a regional level, the market has been classified into North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa, where Asia-Pacific currently dominates the global market.

Some of the major players in the global rubber market include Arlanxeo (Saudi Arabian Oil Co.), Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd., LG Chem Ltd., Southland Holdings LLC, Sri Trang Agro-Industry Plc, TSRC Corporation, Unitex Rubber Co. Ltd., Vietnam Rubber Group, Von Bundit Co. Ltd., etc. 

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