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Rubber Products

Rubber Products come in many types, some with very complex chemical names and each has specific advantages and disadvantages. Please contact one of our specialists with your intended use for the product and the environment in which it will live. We can then help you to determine which of the rubber products are best suited for your specific use.

Below are the more commonly used rubber materials that we work with and a little more detail on each of them. A chart showing their properties and chemical resistances is found below the descriptions.

Natural Gum Rubber/Isoprene

Natural Rubber comes from the latex of rubber trees and isoprene is formed naturally by plants and animals and also an important industrial chemical. It is readily available as a byproduct when processing petroleum products. They have a large stretch ratio and resilience, and are extremely waterproof. It main uses are in tires, gloves, balloons and other miscellaneous rubber products. Some people may have an allergic reaction to latex found in this type of rubber.

EDPM or Ethylene-propylene-diene

EDPM is a type of synthetic rubber and elastomer that is a very durable, high density rubber product. It is generally used for making gaskets, hoses, seals, roofing membranes and as an insulator.

Buna-N or Nitrile Rubber

Buna-N is in a family of unsaturated copolymers that is typically used in fuel and oil hoses and seals. Buna-N can withstand extreme heat, and petroleum based fluids. The more Nitrile found in the products composition, the higher the resistance to these fluids types. This however comes at the expense of its flexibility. Buna-N is also used in making V belts, disposable (non-latex) lab, cleaning and examination gloves.

SBR or Styrene-Butadiene Rubber

SBR is a synthetic rubber has good abrasion resistance. It is mainly used in automotive tires as it wears well and stands up to heat. SBR is also used the making shoe soles and heals, gaskets and can even be found in chewing gum.

Silicone Rubber

Silicone rubber is composed of silicone combined with carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Silicone rubbers have multiple formulations and in an uncured state is a gel or liquid with high adhesive properties. It is extremely resistant to heat and cold. It is durable and resistant and does well when exposed to UV light, sunlight, oxygen, ozone and moisture. With these properties it is easy to manufacture and shape making it ideal for a wide variety of products including automotive applications, cooking and food storage. It is also used in footwear, sportswear, electronics and medical devises and implants. Its weakness is that silicones are subject to tears and abrasions.

Neoprene Rubber

Neoprene is a family of synthetic rubbers that exhibits good chemical stability and maintains flexibility over a wide range of temperatures. It resists degradation more than other natural and synthetic rubbers. It can be found in demanding applications such as gaskets and hoses. Often it is used as a liner for landfills. It is commonly used as a material for fishing waders and in the form containing gas cells is used to make wetsuits. Additionally it cans be used to make laptop and tablet sleeves. Some people are allergic to neoprene and neoprene degrades in the presence of some fairly common chemicals.

Butyl Rubber

Butyl is a synthetic rubber with an abbreviation of IIR which stands for Isobutylene Isoprene. Butyl rubber has many uses but is best suited where its impermeability to air and gases are required. It is also resistant to water, steam and is flexible. This makes it ideal for roof repair membranes, sports equipment bladders, gas masks, medical stoppers and even in the manufacturing of chewing gum. It is also sometimes used as an additive in lubricating oils and fuels to reduce oil emissions and acts as a detergent.


Polyurethanes are often called urethane but should not be confused with ethyl carbonate which is also called urethane. Most polyurethane’s do not melt when heated but some are available when needed for thermoforming. Polyurethane is a very versatile material with almost infinite variations. It can be made or soft or hard and can be foam or rubber. It is a very durable material that can be found in electronics, athletic apparel and furniture to name a few. Its excellent strength to weight ratio, insulation properties and durability make it a common component of insulating materials found in homes and buildings. In the electronics industry non-foam polyurethane is used to encapsulate, seal and insulate fragile components. Athletic apparel manufacturers routinely use various forms of polyurethane in their products. Automotive and furniture makers use the flexible foam varieties of the material as padding and insulators. In its liquid form it is even used as a clear topcoat on many top of the line automobiles. The most common use of polyurethanes is in the rigid foam used and refrigerators and freezers for thermal insulation.


Viton is a brand of synthetic rubber and a fluoro-elastomer commonly used in O-rings, oil seals. It is a Registered Trademark of Dupont. It could be called a supreme rubber product for its resistance to harsh chemicals and high temperatures. We carry the fluoro-elastomer in the sheet variety.


Fluorosilicone has mechanical and physical properties that are very similar to those of silicone with added fluorinated side-chains for improved fuel and oil resistance. It is primarily used for gasket applications requiring a wide temperature spectrum and age resistance. Fluorosilicone is the choice where regular silicone rubber would be damaged


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