A versatile, synthetic material that exhibits desirable working properties, good physical and chemical attack resistance properties.
Available in a range of products from solid rubbers, sponge and adhesives; Neoprene is a unique and versatile material with many useful features. Used around the world in numerous applications and environments.
What is Neoprene?
Known officially as Chloroprene (CR, BC, BE) Neoprene is a registered trade name of DuPont Performance Elastomers. Invented in 1930, it is one of the earliest synthetic materials available. It initially served as an oil-resistant alternative to natural rubber, today it has been extensively developed for a wide range of industrial and consumer requirements.
Where is Neoprene used?
From our Broadstairs factory, Silpro have experience in supplying neoprene rubbers and foams components. Globally products commonly manufactured for industry using this material include high performance gaskets and seals, extrusions and sheeting. Consumer products include wet suits, laptop cases, clothing and fishing waders.
Neoprene is an FDA approved material, with this status it can be used in environments and applications where contact with food and drink occur.
It is noted for having properties such as high tensile strength, resistance to oils, flame and weathering such as UV and Ozone.
Features/Benefits Of Neoprene
Temperature range – material grades operate between -50 °C to +120°C, higher ratings can be supplied.
Stability – enhanced performance for temperature extremes and chemical attack.
Elasticity – Neoprene is resistant to damage by twisting and flexing, it is a physically tough material.
Limitations Of Neoprene
Availability – Manufacturing of Neoprene is becoming more niche and typically ordering quantities are higher than other materials such as EPDM, Silicone or Nitrile.