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Manufacture of Other Rubber Products Industry in South Africa 2020

Alex Conradie | South Africa | 17 April 2020

Manufacture of Other Rubber Products Industry in South Africa 2016

Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen | South Africa | 25 October 2016

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Introduction

According to the International Trade Centre’s Trade Map, South Africa exported 28,200 tons (t) of other rubber products (all rubber products except tyres and tubes) to the value of US$164.4m in 2018, while Stats SA figures indicate 18,924 people were employed in the manufacture of rubber products in the fourth quarter of 2019. However, challenging macro-economic conditions compounded by rising input costs continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the local rubber products manufacturing sector.

Strengths

• The manufacturing industry for rubber products other than tyres is well established.
• Wide range of end-users, with rubber products used in most sectors of the economy.

Weaknesses

• A lack of skills development.
• Inadequate investment in new technology.
• Low levels of spending on research and development.
• Production machines have to be imported.
• Raw materials natural rubber and synthetic rubber have to be imported.

Opportunities

• Increased demand for rubber automotive components due to the objectives of the South African Automotive Masterplan.

Threats

• Companies are forced to spend money on alternative power supplies due to load-shedding.
• Depressed domestic demand due to low economic growth.
• Few capital projects in the local mining industry.
• Increasing cost of electricity, water, transport, input materials and labour.
• Increasing imports of rubber products.

Outlook

The International Rubber Study Group expects global rubber demand for the manufacture of rubber products other than tyres to increase by 4.3% in 2020. This is however, expected to lead to higher prices for natural and synthetic rubber. The World Bank forecast the annual average natural rubber price to increase by 3.6% in 2020 to US$1.71/kg. Referring to the local rubber products manufacturing sector, Stoney Steenkamp, managing director of Hudson Rubber Company, said: “The current unfavourable economic climate may be affecting many sectors, but I believe that the rubber sector, specifically, will survive as the product remains resilient and relevant in the industrial markets.” The sector will be affected by the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as major customers such as the mining and automotive industries will likely reduce output in response to lower demand for their products.

Manufacture of Other Rubber Products Industry in South Africa
Manufacture of Other Rubber Products Industry in South Africa 2020

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 1
2.2. Geographic Position 2
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4.1. Local 3
4.1.1. Trade 6
4.1.2. Corporate Actions 10
4.1.3. Regulations 10
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 11
4.2. Continental 11
4.3. International 12
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 13
5.1. Economic Environment 13
5.2. Rising Input Costs 14
5.3. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 15
5.4. Government Incentives and Support 15
5.5. Environmental Concerns 16
5.6. Labour 16
6. COMPETITION 17
6.1. Barriers to Entry 18
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 19
8. OUTLOOK 19
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 20
10. REFERENCES 20
10.1. Publications 20
10.2. Websites 21
APPENDIX 1 22
Summary of Notable Players 22
COMPANY PROFILES 26
ALP AFRICA (PTY) LTD 26
ARGENT INDUSTRIAL LTD 28
BRIDGESTONE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 33
CONTITECH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 36
DELTA RUBBER (PTY) LTD 38
DUNLOP INDUSTRIAL AFRICA (PTY) LTD 40
DUNLOP INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD 42
FENNER CONVEYOR BELTING (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 45
H AND M ROLLER TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 47
HUDSON RUBBER COMPANY (PTY) LTD 49
MULTOTEC RUBBER (PTY) LTD 51
NATIONAL RUBBER MATMIN (PTY) LTD 52
NUVO RUBBER COMPOUNDERS (PTY) LTD 54
RUBBER PRODUCTS AND MOULDINGS (PTY) LTD 56
S AND N RUBBER (PTY) LTD 58
SEAL N DEVICES (PTY) LTD 60
TECHNI-FLEX CC 62
TEGA INDUSTRIES AFRICA (PTY) LTD 64
TENSILE RUBBER (PTY) LTD 66
TRANSVAAL RUBBER COMPANY (PTY) LTD 68
VAN RYN RUBBER HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 71
WEIR MINERALS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 72

Report Coverage

The Manufacture of Other Rubber Products describes the industry in South Africa, highlights current conditions, the effects of international developments and discusses factors influencing the success of the sector. Profiles are provided for 15 industry players, including major players Dunlop Industrial Products (Pty) Ltd, Fenner Conveyor Belting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, Nuvo Rubber Compounders (Pty) Ltd and Transvaal Rubber Company (Pty) Ltd t/a Truco. Also profiled are SMMEs such as Tensile Rubber (Pty) Ltd, which manufactures moulded rubber products and is involved in the development of new components, and Seal n Devices (Pty) Ltd, a rubber and polyurethane moulding company, specialising in rubber to metal bonded products, anti-vibration mountings, buffers, bushes, gaskets and specialised mouldings.

Introduction

This report focuses on the South African manufacture of rubber products excluding tyres, a sector which generated sales of R16.2bn in 2015. Industrial rubber producers primarily sell goods into the mining and automotive industries, but also industries such as construction, printing and medical industries, where in general growth has been low. Internationally, the volatility of prices, access to supply and the potential of new technologies are disruptive factors.

Strengths

• Investments into research and development of products.
• Long established companies that have partnerships with large multinational companies.
• Strong commitment to producing to international standards and meeting requirements of national standards bodies.
• Synthetic rubber value chain benefits from local supply from the petrochemical industry.

Weaknesses

• Rubber prices are determined internationally, and subject to strategies to shore up prices in the natural rubber sector.
• Sector is reliant on the growth of other sectors, especially mining.
• Weak training and skills development systems in the industry.

Opportunities

• Development of alternative sources of natural rubber will provide greater choice and possibly cheaper prices. There is also a possibility of local production should alternative crop sources prove viable.
• Investment in Africa may provide sources for importing natural rubber, provided governance issues around several plantations are resolved.
• Possibility to link rubber manufacturing more closely to industrial policy, as rubber has a good employment multiplier for low-skilled employment.
• Recycling of tyres and related technological development may provide an alternative source of rubber.
• The delinking of rubber pricing from oil pricing could provide a more transparent way to set international prices.

Threats

• Cheap imports and dumping of rubber products.
• Large increase in price of natural rubber due to deliberate strategies to reduce supply.
• Long-term lack of investment in industries to which rubber companies supply product.

Outlook

There are a range of factors at play internationally that point to significant changes in the supply and production of rubber. An increasingly assertive ITRC is attempting to secure better prices for rubber through reducing supply, and Vietnam and Cambodia are becoming larger suppliers. At the same time, investments across the African continent and the possibilities for alternative sources of natural rubber suggest that the market might experience substantive changes. Over the next fifty years possibly even the displacement of Southeast Asia as the largest supplier of natural rubber is possible. As the rubber industry in South Africa is largely reliant on the performance of the economy, and especially the performance of mining and manufacturing, the future of the industry is determined by investment decisions in these sectors. In turn, these sectors will make investment decisions based on the economic policy choices of government, and the wider environment. At present, this represents a vicious cycle in the sense that investment decisions are delayed due to uncertainty. Although significant investments in the tyre industry have occurred, new investments in manufacturing and mining will be needed for significant growth of the South African rubber industry. Analysts believe that potential solution to these challenges will be to amplify the role of rubber in government’s industrialisation programme. Another potential solution will be for rubber manufacturers to create new value chains, focused on delivering finished products to consumers in South Africa and across the African continent.

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Manufacture of Other Rubber Products Industry in South Africa
Manufacture of Other Rubber Products Industry in South Africa 2016

Full Report

R 1 900.00(ZAR) estimated $104.60 (USD)*

Industry Landscape

R 1 330.00(ZAR) estimated $ 73.22 (USD)*

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Manufacture of Other Rubber Products Industry in South Africa 2020-04-17

R 1 900.00(ZAR) estimated $104.60 (USD)*

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Table of Contents

[ Close ]
PAGE
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 10
4.1.2. Regulations 10
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 12
4.2. Continental 13
4.2.1. Small-scale Producers in International Markets 13
4.2.2. Markets and Governments 13
4.3. International 14
4.3.1. Rubber Prices 14
4.3.2. World Share of Production 15
4.3.3. International Corporate Activity 16
4.3.4. Dumping 16
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 17
5.1. Economic Environment 17
5.2. Government Initiatives 17
5.3. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 18
5.4. Labour 20
5.5. Environmental Concerns 22
6. COMPETITION 23
6.1. Barriers to Entry 24
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 24
8. OUTLOOK 25
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 26
10. REFERENCES 26
10.1. Publications 26
10.2. Websites 27
COMPANY PROFILES 28
ARGENT INDUSTRIAL LTD 28
BRIDGESTONE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 33
CONTITECH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 36
DUNLOP INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD 38
FENNER CONVEYOR BELTING (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 41
GASKET MANUFACTURING CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 43
H AND M ROLLER TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 45
HUDSON RUBBER COMPANY (PTY) LTD 47
NATIONAL RUBBER MATMIN (PTY) LTD 49
NUVO RUBBER COMPOUNDERS (PTY) LTD 51
S AND N RUBBER (PTY) LTD 53
SEAL N DEVICES (PTY) LTD 55
TENSILE RUBBER (PTY) LTD 57
TRANSVAAL RUBBER COMPANY (PTY) LTD 59
WEIR MINERALS AFRICA (PTY) LTD 62