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Material Selection: Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)?

Posted By:  Sperry & Rice
Thursday June 1, 2017

Styrene-butadiene rubber, also known as SBR, is a synthetic rubber made of styrene and butadiene.

At Sperry & Rice LLC, we use SBR in our custom rubber components, extruded gaskets, and sponge rubber products.

Styrene-butadiene rubber was developed in World War II to replace natural rubber, which was in short supply. Today, it can still be substituted for rubber in many cases, and at a fraction of the cost.

SBR is used in components for several industries. It is found in auto belts, hoses, brakes and clutch pads, as well as nearly 50% of all car tires. SBR is also used commonly in many household items:

  • Shoe heels and soles
  • Gaskets
  • Cutting boards
  • Batteries
  • Adhesives and caulks

SBR is versatile and flexible, with good abrasive resistance, making it a suitable choice when the application calls for a hard rubber.

Styrene-butadiene rubber is one of several materials available when you choose Sperry & Rice LLC for your rubber seals, gaskets, and extrusions. Contact us today to discuss the best material to serve your needs.


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