Maharashtra has about 379 rubber product factories employing 29,600 people, while Tamil Nadu has a share of 36,000 people working at 344 rubber product factories, the study said.
    
Across the rubber product industries present in the country, over 1.92 lakh people are employed and of the total 2,700 industries, 2,300 are under operation.
    
Maharashtra has a total of 458 rubber product industries, of which 379 are operating and of the total 449 industries, 344 are operating in Tamil Nadu, it said.
    
Following Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, Kerala has the third highest share of about 13 percent in terms of rubber factories (317) under operation, followed by Andhra Pradesh with eight percent (194), Gujarat with six percent (150) factories, it said.
    
The study also said that the import of natural rubber in India in value terms is likely to touch USD 1,107 million growing at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 32 percent by the end of current financial year.
    
India imports about 42 percent of natural rubber products from Indonesia, followed by Thailand (26 percent) and Vietnam (24 percent), the study said.


   
Assochan Secretary General D S Rawat said India has to immediately address the issue of rising natural rubber imports and augmenting domestic production as the demand supply gap is further expected to increase by 20 percent.
    
Increase in domestic prices due to shortage of domestically available natural rubber during peak season owing to fall in production is a point of concern for downstream industries as natural rubber is main raw material, the study said.
    
"... the industry has no option but to look at alternative sources of raw material from abroad as international prices might be lower than domestic ones", it added.

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