Crumb Rubber is a manufacturer of high quality rubber powder and crumb

Crumb Rubber is a manufacturer of high quality rubber powder and crumb

Crumb Rubber

Crumb Rubber

Our product is primarily used as a cost-effective alternative to virgin polymers and is used in a wide range of plastic and rubber products. 

We not only supply the rubber powder for that purpose, but we also help companies develop new and cost effective products and applications.

Crumb Rubber's offices and factory are located in Plymouth, UK. Our state-of-the-art plant began supplying the polymer industries in summer 2007 following a multi-million pound investment. 

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Crumb Rubber Highlights

9th January 2013

Innovative Use of Materials

We are always interested in talking to organisations about innovative ways to use our materials in new applications. This picture is probably a step too far in terms of ways to make good use of end of life vehicle tyres! 

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Innovative Use of Materials

In our early days we did a proof of concept project funded by WRAP to develop a roof slate based on our high purity micronized powder and recycled polyolefins. These materials were successfully compounded and then injection moulded. Looked better than this roof. 
Current key areas for us are thermoplastics, polyurethanes and of course rubber!

New Retreading & Rubber Recycling Facility in Hannover

Using the figures they quote (180,000 tyres, 4000t of recycling activity) an annual cost saving in the region of £10 million pounds will be saved in raw material costs by replacing prime rubber compound with in-house buffings.  The average usage per tyre seems a little high, at over 22kg per tyre, but it’s good to see such a big commitment to increasing rubber re-use and we hope to see more manufacturers switching part of their raw materials to fine crumb rubbers.

The latest report from the ETRMA includes a reference to research which is trying to develop a natural rubber based on russian dandelions

Elsewhere soy bean flour and oil have been investigated as replacements for petroleum and mineral components of rubber compounds, with soy bean becoming the plant of choice for all kinds of sustainable consumption projects

Europe is the World Tyre Recycling Leader

It was also reported that a large proportion of these end-of-life tyres (ELTs) is converted either into rubber granulate or into energy for use by the cement industry, but this is slightly at odds with the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturing association (ETRMA) 2011 report which claims that stockpiles and illegal dumps represent nearly two years worth of used tyres, so it’s not necessarily the case that ‘destined for recovery’ in the BIR report translates into ‘actually recovered’. 

Nick on Blogging

One suggestion was to litter the space between paragraphs with valuable keywords like fine rubber powder and innovative UK manufacturing in hidden white lettering that gets picked up by Google, but wouldn’t scare a casual reader off.  

Well we’re proud of what we do so I’ll ignore that advice, sorry. In fact, let’s remind people that our highly technical and environmentally friendly reclaimed material can be used in a wide number of applications to: 

Manufacturing Returning to The West

We also see positive things like some manufacturing returning to the West from the Far East, the constant flow of information and activity in “advanced manufacturing” which is excellent but it is possibly missing the opportunity to look more closely at materials not just processes (albeit some of the latest ideas are very clever!).

The Latest Crumb Rubber Addition!

Nick has joined us as Business Development Manager from Brenntag Ltd. He has degree in Manufacturing Technology and Materials with over 25 years experience in the materials and polymers industries. His contact details are on the “Contact Us” page of the website.

The Rubber Market

Most thermoplastic prices have softened in the later part of 2011 but we start 2012 with the indications that most polymers will at best be stable and in some cases start to move back up again in price. Therefore the rationale for researching how formulation costs can be reduced does not go away and it could be argued that now is the time to find ways to improve things before the cost pressure really hits.


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