What is rubber?
The word “rubber” comes from the Incan expression “Cao Tchu” which means “weeping wood” in English.
It refers to both natural rubber (produced by rubber cultivation) and synthetic rubber (produced by the petrochemical industry).
Therefore, rubber is a material that can either be obtain through the latex’s transformation produced by certain plants (such as the Para rubber tree), or synthetically, using monomers produced by fossil fuels. Rubber belongs to the elastomer family.
The real story of this material begins long before the end of the 15th century. After the great discoveries, Europeans started to focus their attention on natural rubber but Native Americans were the ones who first started making common objects using clay molding: balls, coated canvas, torches.
The history of rubber
In 1839, Charles GOODYEAR discovered vulcanization, an ingenious method that permits rubber to be elastic. Only natural rubber existed until World War II. The rallying of Asia in the Third Reich forced the Allies to produce synthetic elastomers, petroleum based.
Natural Rubber and Synthetic Rubber
- Use: 40% of natural rubber, 60% of synthetic rubber.
- 94% of natural rubber is produced in South-East Asia.
The industrial rubber market in France
About 200 companies:
- 50% specialized in large series,
- 50% specialized in small and medium series.
BORFLEX is a leader in this last category.
BORFLEX, rubber solution provider
BORFLEX is a rubber solution provider specialized in small and medium series. It has the special feature to be a blending manufacturer, processor and reseller in the same time which allows it to create the most efficient blends meeting the customer requirements.
Since 1987, BORFLEX has grown thanks to the acquisition of 8 new sites. These acquisitions has permitted it to extend its know-how as well as its expertise in the rubber transformation field.
Of all the existing transformation types, BORFLEX owns an expert knowledge of almost all of them, such as molding (by compression, injection, or transfer), extrusion (classic autoclave or irregular, UHF, salt bath), making, roller covering, cutting (classic, by hand and with a punch, water-jet), casting and calendering.
Thanks to its great mastery of these techniques BORFLEX has the ability to be present over numerous markets (agriculture and agri-food, energy and raw materials, packaging, defense and weapons, etc.) but also to develop its own trademarks such as FLAMESTOP®, FLEXAERO®, FLEXCOAT®, FLEXIBORE®, RUBBERLIFE®,RUBBERFLOW® or VULFAC®.
BORFLEX has the particularity of being able to manufacture products fitted to each markets (ex: sleeves for the plastic film industry, rollers for the wood industry, rollers for the siderurgy, etc.) using adapted methods.
BORFLEX is nationally active but also internationally active. Indeed, it exports to over 30 countries (USA, Canada, Czech Republic etc.). Its know-how and expertise has permitted it to develop effective partnerships with the most important national and international prime contractors.