Press Release
 
RUBBER INDUSTRY SUFFERS THE EFFECTS OF THE SURCHARGE OF RAW MATERIAL
CLOSURE OF 78 FACTORIES OF RUBBER ARTIFACTS AND LOSS OF 8 THOUSAND JOBS WORRY THE SECTOR. SUCH WILL BE THE MAIN FLAG OF THE REPRESENTATIVE ENTITIES IN EXPOBOR 2012, WHICH TAKES PLACE IN APRIL, IN SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
The increase of the import rate of the nitrile rubber in 2010 – raw material used for manufacturing rubber rings, films, pipes and hoses, straps, safety footwear soles, among others – begins to take its toll in the Brazilian industry of rubber artifacts.

Since the Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) changed the import tax of nitrile from 12% to 25% by means of Resolution 13/2010, of February 11, it has been more advantageous to import the finished product than to purchase the Brazilian product. Result: closure of 78 factories of rubber artifacts and the loss of 8 thousand workstations jobs in the last 30 months.

Over 2010 and 2011, the Brazilian imports of light rubber artifacts have almost doubled, increasing from USD 800 million to USD 1.4 billion.

In the evaluation of Edgar Solano, Union chairman of the Union of the Industry of Rubber Artifacts in the State of São Paulo (Sindibor) and the Brazilian Association of the Industry of Rubber Artifacts (Abiarb), that is the corroborative element of the deindustrialization process which Brazil faces. “In segments such as the ones of elastic strand for the textile industry, for an example, the imports began to represent 80% of the total amount, causing the business not to be feasible for a great number of companies”, he warns.

According to the leader, such setting was directly liable for the low performance of the sector in 2011, which closed in USD 2.72 billion, with a growth of only 1.9% on the previous year, with discount of the inflation. “Nowadays, 89% of the companies of rubber artifacts of São Paulo, which concentrates more than half of the units installed in Brazil, are of small size. They suffer with the competition of the imported products”.

Such will be the main flag of the sector in its business fair, Expobor 2012 – 10th International Rubber Technology Show, which takes place in São Paulo from April 11 to 13. Solano wishes to take advantage of the meeting of over 100 merchandisers – among them, the most representative manufacturers of rubber artifacts and their suppliers – and the thousands of visitors of the event in order to submit his claim to the governmental authorities.

Market

Nowadays, more than half of the Brazilian production of rubber artifacts is intended for the automotive industry (56%), among fitters, system companies and spare parts. The footwear industry, health industry (gloves, condoms, bottle beaks, surgical pipes) and electronics/domestic appliances have 5% each; and entertainment (balloons, masks and toys), 4%.

Two industrial activities that continuously grow in participation are the industrial activity (including oil and construction material industries), currently with 16% of the total allocation, and mining and steel mill industries, with 9%. It is in such industries that the sector of rubber artifacts mostly relies in order to display once more positive results, mainly by virtue of the development of the real estate market, of the modernization of the manufacturing parks of the steel mills and of the oil exploration in the pre-salt region.

Nowadays, there are over 1.9 thousand industries of rubber artifacts located in Brazil, 1,274 of which are in the State of São Paulo. The sector closed in 2011 with 89 thousand direct and indirect jobs.



Date: 03/04/2012