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7th in global rubber production

The Philippines ranked 7th in the global rubber production as of 2019.

Source: BOI

US$2.3 Billion worth of plastics generated

In the Philippines, the plastics industry is vital to the national economy, contributing US$2.3 billion in 2018.

Source: World Bank

422.4 thousand metric tons of rubber produced

In 2020, the rubber produced in the Philippines amounted to approximately 422.4 thousand metric tons with a production value of 9.12 billion Philippine pesos.

Source: Statista

In the Philippines, the plastics industry is vital to the national economy, contributing US$2.3 billion in 2018.

Source: World Bank

In 2020, the rubber produced in the Philippines amounted to approximately 422.4 thousand metric tons with a production value of 9.12 billion Philippine peso.

Source: Statistica

According to Statista, the rubber and plastic products manufacturing industry share of GDP in the Philippines was approximately 0.4 percent in 2018. The manufacturing value added by the industry amounted to around 36.38 billion Philippine pesos. In 2020, the volume of rubber produced in the Philippines amounted to approximately 422.4 thousand metric tons. In the same year, the production value of rubber in the country amounted to 9.12 billion Philippine pesos [2].

The Philippines was among the top-ranking countries in rubber production until the 80’s, when demand for car tires and other rubber-made products slowed down following the decline in the Japanese and European economies. However, the Philippine market for rubber products has recently demonstrated new vitality as shown by the increasing demand for rubber-made goods [3]. The island of Mindanao currently supplies 99% of the country’s national rubber production [4].

Rubber is an essential raw material and is considered as one of the most profitable agri-industrial ventures in the Philippines. Its products serve all kinds of industries which would not function without the often-small technical rubber goods. From aerospace to aeronautics, from the depth of the seas to the depth of the earth, from agriculture to household appliances, the significance of rubber shows great potential for the Philippine rubber industry as one of the key contributors in Philippine economic development [5].

Three sectors comprise the Philippine rubber industry. The first, the upstream sector, is mainly involved in rubber plantation operations, management, and trading. The midstream sector involves the production of Standard Philippine Rubber (SPR) for ISO certified/aligned processors. The downstream sector involves the production of rubber-based products intended for domestic and export markets. [5]

The division of the rubber industry in the Philippines that is mainly engaged in the production of rubber cup lumps increased its production between October and December 2019, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said in its major non-food and industrial crops quarterly bulletin. Production of rubber cup lumps grew by 6.4% from 142.72 thousand metric tons in the same quarter of 2018 to 151.80 thousand metric tons in the last quarter last year. The PSA added that Region 12 or the Soccsksargen region posted the highest production during the period by registering 70.32 metric tons or 46.3 percent of the total national production of rubber cup lumps. [6]

Plastics are one of the most traded commodities globally. Most manufacturers in the country produce resins as well as plastic products for applications such as packaging, automotive, construction, electronics, and furniture. [7] The Philippine downstream plastics industry refers to the plastic fabricators and manufacturers which convert plastic resins to industrial and consumer finished products. [8] The market is segmented by type, technology and application. By type, the market is segmented into traditional plastics, engineering plastics, and bioplastics. By technology, the market is segmented into blow molding, extrusion, injection molding, and other technologies. By application the market is segmented into packaging, electrical and electronics, building and construction, automotive and transportation, housewares, furniture and bedding, and other applications. [7] Main production processes include film and sheet extrusion; injection molding; compression molding; extrusion blow molding: injection blow molding; injection stretch blow molding; pipe and profile extrusion; net and twine extrusion; woven sack extrusion and weaving; sheet thermoforming, printing, lamination, slitting and bag forming; and recycling. [8] The industry is categorized into sub-sectors based on their finished products such as flexible plastics, plastic bags, styro products, PVC products, pipes and fittings, recycled plastics, net, twine and sack, rigid plastics, tapes & others. [9]

Packaging accounts for the largest application segment in the Philippines plastics market. The prime reasons for the growing application of engineering plastics, in the packaging segment, are better wear and chemical resistance, ease of molding, recyclability, puncture resistance, and high mechanical strength. Some of the major applications of engineering plastics, in the packaging segment, are as follows: packaging of bottled water, flexible packaging, such as sausage skin, flexible foils, such as shopping bags. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the plastics majorly used for packaging purposes, mostly in the food and beverage industry. Portability, design flexibility, ease of cleaning, light weight, and protection against moisture, are a few properties of PET, which makes it suitable for packaging purposes. PETs are used for making clamshells, bakery and take-out containers, microwaveable food trays, carbonated soft drink bottles, and other packages. Other applications include packaging materials for cooking oils, shampoo, hand wash, and more products. Polyamide is another major engineering plastic that finds major application in the packaging sector. Bi-axially oriented and non-oriented polyamide films are used in medical and food packaging, owing to the former’s high impact strength and good heat resistance. [7]

Majority of the plastics companies are situated in Metro Manila, particularly in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela area, while others are in Manila, Pasig, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. There are some in Iloilo and Cebu in the Visayas, and Davao in Mindanao. [8]

Opportunities and

  • The Philippine rubber industry is characterized by its expertise to manufacture a wide array of rubber products, existing capacity to meet customer demands, technical capability to satisfy customer needs, strong ability to adjust to customer requirements, and highly-experienced direct labor.
  • The Philippines exhibits certain strengths that are valuable in the rubber industry. It has favorable environmental conditions. It is located in the rubber belt, which is ten (10) degrees north or south of the Equator, characterized by temperate damp climate that is well suited for rubber production. The country is close to major processors and consumers of natural rubber. ASEAN is the world’s major producer and exporter of natural rubber.
  • The engagement of government agencies in the rubber industry is highly beneficial. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), for instance, helped coordinate initiatives across the sectors by connecting buyers and sellers. DTI also collaborated with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to establish the Philippine Rubber Technical Working Group. Additionally, the DA has initiated capacity building and launched the Philippine Rubber Research Institute (PRRI) to improve capabilities across the value chain.
  • Having a local source of plastic materials benefits all sectors with its adaptive, just in-time delivery capabilities, and more importantly softens the impact brought about by dollar and import requirements.
  • The explosive growth of local automotive, packaging, and chemical processing industries, across the world, is expected to provide a favorable market for injection molding. Injection molding is mostly done using virgin or high-quality processing resins. High-performance plastic pallets are usually injection molded. Injection molding processes are used in wire spools, packaging, bottle caps, automotive dashboards, pocket combs, etc.
  • Owing to the advantageous geographical location of the Philippines, with easy access to the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific end users, the consumption of injection molded plastic pallets is expected to increase drastically.
  • Philippines government legislations and recycling reforms, in order to reduce plastic litter, further strengthen the market scenario for injection molding manufacturing processes.
  • In terms of food packaging, the growing demand for food in the country is a major driving factor for the packaging sector, which further increases the demand for plastic in the country.
  • Increasing household and commercial applications for containers, plastic bags, canisters, and tableware, among others, are expected to drive the consumption demand for plastics in the packaging sector, during the forecast period.
  • Requirements for rubber gloves in the healthcare sector, stretch films, garbage bags, and other medical devices, are anticipated to witness greater demand, in the coming years.

New Product Opportunities

Synthetic rubber

HS Code
4002 HS4

Vulcanized rubber tubes

HS Code
4009 HS4

Other articles of plastic

HS Code
3926 HS4

Vulcanized rubber thread and cord

HS Code
4007 HS4

Conveyor belts of vulcanized rubber

HS Code
4010 HS4

Featured Companies

  • Manila Rubber Corporation was established in 1962 in the Philippines primarily as a manufacturer of rubber soling materials. Today, the company is recognized as the leading rubber flooring manufacturer in the Philippines. Manila Rubber Corporation is committed to providing world-class sports, safety and rubber flooring solutions. Their products are highly recommended and preferably used by experts such as architects, interior designers, landscape artists, engineers, contractors, developers as well as athletes, trainers and sports enthusiasts for areas where slip resistance, noise reduction, resiliency, impact absorption and comfort are essential.

  • Big Philippines Corporation was founded and registered in 1997 located in Silang, Cavite. Services at this company include mold fabrication, assembly and printing, and plastic injection. They manufacture several products such as plastic injection molds, digital cameras, gears, and others. They utilize a variety of modern machines and equipment in their projects to ensure quality is not tampered with. BPC is among the leading plastic manufacturers in the Philippines.

  • The Philippine Resins Industries, Inc. (PRII) started its state-of-the-art suspension-type polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin manufacturing facility in Mariveles, Bataan in January 1999. Under the current ownership structure, with Tosoh Corporation at 80% and Mitsubishi Corporation at 20%, the company aims to move forward by further expanding its operation and ultimately achieve its vision of making a difference not only in the Bataan community but in the overall Philippine economy and society. With its current capacity of 100,000 metric tons of PVC per year, PRII is able to supply a significant portion of the total PVC demand of local PVC product manufacturers, continues to help sustain and maximize growth in Philippine markets and expand PVC consumption of domestic industries.

  • Miyasaka Polymer (Phils.), Inc. is a Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) registered company, which was established in November 1994 and started its operation in October 1995. The company is the 5th factory among the six (6) factories of Miyasaka Rubber Group and the first to be located outside of Japan. Its current location is in Cabuyao, Laguna. The company is engaged in the manufacture of molded rubber parts including assembly with other parts such as plastic connector and metal. Their products are used not only in the automotive industry but also in electric appliances, medical instruments, cameras & microscope parts, compressor seal parts and electronic micro switch pads. Majority of their products are exported to other countries such as Japan, Germany, USA, Singapore, Thailand, Hongkong, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and other ASEAN Countries. Remaining parts are provided for the domestic market in the Philippines.


[1] Statista Research Department. (2021, June 21). Share rubber, plastic products manufacturing value added GDP Philippines 2009–2018. Statista.


[2] Statista Research Department. (2021, September 30). Rubber production volume in the Philippines 2011–2020. Statista.


[3] Philippine Rubber Industries Association, Inc. & Board of Investments. (n.d.). Securing The Future of Philippine Industries: Rubber. Industry Gov Ph.


[4] Mavuso, Z. (2016, February 8). Mindanao to lead Philippine rubber production. Creamer Media Engineering News.


[5] Palmones, U., Wenceslao, S., & Malificio, J. (2020). Strengthening the Philippine Rubber Industry: Towards a Sustainable Economy. DOST - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.


[6] Lopez, A. (2020, June 28). DA pours P22-M into boosting rubber industry in Caraga. Philippine News Agency.


[7] Morder Intelligence. (n.d.). Philippines Plastics Market | 2022 - 27 | Industry Share, Size, Growth - Mordor Intelligence.


[8] Philippine Plastics Industry Association & Board of Investments. (n.d.). Securing The Future of Philippine Industries: Plastics. Industry Gov Ph.


[9] Board of Investments. (2017). Plastic: Basic Industry Information. Board of Investments Gov Ph.


[10] Daly, J., Bamber, P., & Gereffi, G. (2017, April). The Philippines in the Rubber Global Value Chain. Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness.


[12] RYD Tooling. (n.d.). 5 Plastic Injection Molding Companies in the Philippines.


[13] Philippine Resins Industries, Inc. (n.d.). About PRII.


[14] Miyasaka Polymer Philippines, Inc. (n.d.). About Us | Miyasaka Polymer Philippines, Inc.