Natural rubber is the processed product of the latex produced by the Para Rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis.
Although rubber used to be produced from the latex of the Rubber Fig Bush, Ficus elastica today the world rubber industry refers to the product of para rubber as natural rubber. Para rubber was once only found in the Amazon Forest but was later introduced to the South and Eastern Asian regions using the seedlings grown in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon.
Rubber latex is produced by adult para rubber trees. A natural rubber tree growing in Sri Lanka takes about 7 to 10 years to deliver its first harvest. The latex is collected through an incision made through latex vessels in adult rubber trees.
The collected natural rubber latex is processed in many ways and used as the raw ingredient in producing various products from natural rubber gloves, to tyres, household products, industrial products and engineering accessories.
The rubber industry is one of the most developed and robust industries in Sri Lanka manufacturing product varieties from apparel and tires to raw rubber, rubber sheets, with the best quality guarantee from the exporters.