Rubber & Rubber Products
Natural rubber is made up of suitable polymers of isoprene with minor impurities of other organic compounds plus water. Forms of poly-isoprene that are useful as natural rubbers are known as elastomers. Rubber is harvested mainly in the form of latex from certain trees. Rubber is used extensively in many applications and products, either alone or in combination with other materials. It is stretchable, has a high resilience and is extremely waterproof. Rubber is used in tires and tubes, in door and window profiles, hoses, belts, matting, flooring and dampeners. Rubber is used for gloves, medical, household and industrial and toy balloons. Rubber after having been toned significantly is also used as adhesives in many manufacturing industries and products, such as paper and carpet. Rubber is also commonly used to make rubber bands and pencil erasers. Many aircraft tires and inner tubes are still made of natural rubber. Rubber is also used in textile applications.