The word ‘Rubber” was named by Joseph Priestly, a Chemist in England in 1770, after he accidentally rubbed of pencil marks with coagulated rubber. Natural Rubber (Latex) biggest breakthrough was through the Vulcanization process which was discovered by Charles Goodyear in 1839. Vulcanization is a process which involves heating rubber with Sulphur, where the sulphur acts to retain and improve the rubber elasticity. The Vulcanization process creates the vulcanized rubber which is elastic, can be stretched reversibly and is 10 times stronger and more rigid than natural rubber. It is Suzuki Latex Industry Malaysia’s mission to provide quality latex products to contribute and improve the quality life of people and societies worldwide.

Development of Natural Rubber

1940s

  • Creation of rubber in roads

1950s

  • Creation of Rubbone: mechanical working of softened rubber with chemical plasticisers’ textile machinery components, printers’ rollers and for prototype manufacturing
  • Creation of Positex: Processed latex which gives rubber particles a positive charge for the wool industry
  • Creation of methyl methacrylate grafted (MG) rubber: production of hard rubber adhesives if only 30% is grafted

1960s

  • Creation of oil-extended natural rubber to improve the grip of unstudded winter tyres

1970s & 1980s

  • Creation of epoxidised natural rubber: a rubber derived from natural rubber but with high damping characteristics, oil resistance and gas permeability equal to halobutyl rubbers
  • Creation of Thermoplastic natural rubber: blend of natural rubber with polypropylene to give a recyclable rubber and new liquid natural rubbers have been developed for a variety of uses

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