At present, the rubber goods industry comprises 32 type units, 220 medium scale units, 5,500 small-scale units and an equal number of units in the tiny sector. It offers direct employment to nearly four lakh people.
Annual turnover is over Rs. 12,000 crore. The major rubber goods produced by the industry are tyres and tubes of all kinds, surgical gloves, prophylactics, conveyor and v-belts, hose pipes, sports goods, etc.
Tyres and tubes constitute the most important segment of this industry. From Rs. 10 75 crore in 1985-86, the exports have reached a level of Rs.808 crore in 1998- 99 and are targeted at Rs. 1,000 crore during 1999-2000. The major centres are Faridabad, Ludhiana, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune etc.
. Presently India is in a position to export several types of manufactured rubber goods.
The export earnings are:
1993- 94 Rs. 593 crores
1994- 95 Rs. 750 crores
1995- 96 Rs.1000 crores
The exports are increasing steadily and different countries are becoming buyers of India’s rubber goods.