China is the biggest market for rubber floor coverings in the world.
It is also the largest producer of them globally.
In 2017, the world’s biggest producer of rubber floor covers accounted for 16% of the global market, up from 9% in 2016.
But demand has fallen in the past few years.
China’s demand has been falling as factories have closed and factories have been shuttered.
So, to meet growing demand, some companies are investing in making rubber floor tiles from recycled rubber.
And, they are using recycled rubber to make some of the world most expensive flooring in the form of rubber floors.
Al Jazeera’s David McNew reports from Beijing.