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Quality Rubber Materials Available at Coruba

People have yet to realise just how much the use of rubber affects our daily routine. Just look around you – chances are you will find items that are made with this invaluable material.

From the gloves you use for dishwashing to the sleeves that protect your laptop, there is no denying that rubber is a commodity that has played a huge part in improving our quality of life. Indeed, rubber possesses a lot of amazing properties which make it a sought-after material for product manufacturers.

Today, rubber comes in different types. Originally sourced from the rubber tree – which is the source of natural rubber - as the demand for rubber increased, man discovered a way to produce it artificially.

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Natural rubber has been around for over a thousand years. It was widely used by the Red Indians, an ancient tribe who resided in North America, even before Columbus’ discovery of the country. The first synthetic rubber was produced in Germany in 1909 by Fritz Hofmann, when he successfully polymerised methyl isoprene.

Applications of Rubber in Different Industries

Rubber has extensive industrial benefits; its significance is especially remarkable in the field of electronics, automobile, textiles and architecture.

Rubber has become a popular choice for floors within households and commercial facilities. More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of rubber flooring compared to its counterparts. Some of its notable features include:

  • Durability
  • Anti-slip properties
  • Good resistance to water, heat, oil and chemicals
  • Eco-friendly
  • Low maintenance

Coruba as one of the UK’s Leading Rubber Manufacturers

For all things rubber, Coruba is the UK’s number one choice for premium quality rubber products.

Our comprehensive range includes:

·        Rubber matting

·        Rubber extrusions

·        Gaskets & seals

·        Rubber sheeting

·        PVC products

·        Mouldings & fabrications

·        Conveyor belts

Our rubber sheeting is available in various specification grades to suit different purposes.

An Overview: Rubber by Polymer Type

Natural Rubber

Natural Rubber is sourced from the milky white sap of the Hevea brasiliensis tree. A dilute acid, such as formic acid, is added to the latex. After the latex has coagulated, it is then rolled out to remove excess water.

The rubber industry accounts for only 30% of natural rubber production, as natural predators such as leaf blights affect its cultivation. Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are the world’s largest rubber producers.

Significant Characteristics

-        High abrasion resistance

-        Excellent resilience

-        Good tensile strength

-        Elongation, tear strength and mechanical properties

SBR (Styrene-Butadiene Rubber)

Styrene-Butadiene Rubber is derived from a copolymer of styrene and butadiene. As a more cost effective option, it also has better aging and abrasion resistance when protected by additives.

Significant Characteristics

-        Inexpensive

-        Excellent elasticity

-        Water, heat, abrasion, chemical and electrical resistance

Neoprene

Neoprene is produced by the polymerisation of chloroprene and can be purchased in the form of sheets or rolls. Coruba complies with different regulatory agencies in the UK, so rest assured that our rubber sheeting products are high quality, well-priced and eco-friendly.

Significant Characteristics

-        Water, oil and chemical resistance

-        Form-fitting

-        Fire-retardant

-        Insulating qualities

Nitrile

Nitrile Rubber is produced from a copolymer acrylonitrile and butadiene. It is sometimes referred to as buna-n, perbunan, acrylonitrile butadiene rubber and NBR. It is mainly used for products where oil resistance is required.

Significant Characteristics

-        Exhibits good elongation

-        Resilience, tensile and compression set properties

Viton®

Viton is a registered trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, commonly known as DuPont. It is a fluoropolymer elastomer frequently used in O-rings and other sealants.

Significant Characteristics

-        Designed for very high operating temperatures

-        Outstanding resistance to chemical attack by oxidation and corrosive fluids

-        Capacity to retain its mechanical properties

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a copolymer of ethylene and propylene. This type of synthetic rubber has excellent weathering resistance and is more suitable for outdoor use.

Significant Characteristics

-        Excellent resistance to water [fresh water and sea water], oxidation, ultraviolet light, ozone and weathering

-        Good temperature resistance at high and low temperatures

-        Natural resistance to acids, water-based chemicals and vegetable-based hydrocarbons

Hypalon®

Hypalon® also known as chlorosulphonated polyethylene is noted for its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. It is widely used in automotive and construction industries.

Significant Characteristics

-        Outstanding resistance to most chemicals and oils

-        Excellent weathering and abrasion resistance

-        Low moisture absorption

-        Good dielectric properties

Silicone Rubber

Silicone is a polymer itself, that when combined with carbon, hydrogen and oxygen produces silicone rubber. It comes in two grades, food and medical grade.

Significant Characteristics

-        Resistance to high and low temperatures without failure

-        Flame retardant

-        Can be used in contact with food and drink (for some grades)

Butyl

Butyl, also known as isobutylene-isoprene rubber, is the copolymer of isobutylene and a small amount of isoprene. It has 70% better air permeability than other rubber materials. Butyl rubber is frequently used for inner tubes that hold air in tyres.

Significant Characteristics

-        Highly impermeable to gases, ozone, ultraviolet light and weathering

-        High chemical and acid resistance

-        Good with applications where high and low temperatures prevail

Quality Standards of Coruba

Here’s a list of our certifications:

  • TÜV SÜD (PAHs Compliance)
  • RoHS Certificate
  • WRAS Marking
  • CE Certificate
  • ISO Standards
  • REACH Compliance
  • FDA Certification

 

Need Advice? Just dial 01702 811 628 and our friendly sales team will gladly assist you.



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