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All about Styrene Butadiene

Styrene-butadiene rubber or SBR is a general purpose synthetic rubber that can be used to replace natural rubber. Today, SBR had become one of the most widely used polymers.

Here’s a rundown of the key facts you should know about styrene-butadiene rubber:


  • Styrene Butadiene was developed in Germany during World War II by E Tchunkur and A Bock.
  • SBR was originally called Buna S, which was derived from Bu for butadiene, Na for sodium and S for styrene.
  • It comes from the organic compound styrene and the chemical butadiene.
  • Over the course of World War II, SBR was used to replace natural rubber to help the U.S. war efforts.
  • Characteristics

SBR is favoured by many industries for the following qualities:

  • Excellent abrasion and crack resistance
  • Extraordinary tensile strength
  • Good insulation
  • Good aging stability
  • Shock absorption
  • Durability
  • Applications

SBR is used in the production of various products including:

  • Automotive tyres
  • Shoe soles and heels
  • Gaskets
  • Adhesives
  • Sealants


Coruba offers black SBR-based products that can be supplied in rolls, part rolls or cut and slit to any size or shape you require. We can also provide SBR in strips. For more details, call us on 01702 811 631 or reach us by e-mail at info@coruba.co.uk.


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