Synthetic Rubber

Synthetic rubber is a special category of the plastic industry. Rubber is traditionally made from rubber plants. Man-made rubber comes from petroleum polymers mixed with other minerals to give it the characteristic stretch. These products are referred to as Elastomers. They can be super hard or super soft depending on the chemicals and minerals they are made from. Listed below are common elastomers and the products created with them.


Acrylic Rubber (ACM) – Rubber Hoses

Butadiene Rubber (BR) – Tires

Butyl Rubber (IIR) – Inflatable Tubing

Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene (CSM)/ Hypalon – Valve Seals

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) – Electrical Insulation

Fluoroelastomers (FKM)/ Viton – Fuel Hoses

Isoprene Rubber (IR) – Shoes

Nitrile Rubber (NBR) – Examination Gloves

Perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) – Semiconductor Seals

Polychloroprene (CR)/ Neoprene – Adhesives

Polysulfide Rubber (PSR) – Decorative Molds

Silicone Rubber (SiR) – Resin

Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) – Floor Tile