Natural rubber

is a versatile and widely used elastomer or rubber material that is derived from the latex of the rubber tree, scientifically known as Hevea brasiliensis. These rubber trees are primarily grown in various tropical regions around the world such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Africa. These countries and regions have favorable tropical climates and conditions for growing rubber trees. The latex is harvested from the rubber trees, processed, and then used in various industries.

Natural rubber is a natural polymer composed of long chains of isoprene units. Here are some key characteristics and common uses of natural rubber.

Key Characteristics:

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High Elasticity:

Natural rubber is known for its excellent elasticity, which allows it to return to its original shape after being stretched.

Tear Resistance:

It has good tear resistance, making it durable and suitable for applications where mechanical stress is involved.

High Tensile Strength:

Natural rubber possesses strong tensile (stretching) strength, making it suitable for applications requiring resilience and strength.
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Abrasion Resistance

It is resistant to wear and abrasion, which is important in applications where friction is involved.

Low Compression Set:

Natural rubber maintains its shape well and has low compression set, ensuring a good seal or grip.

Good Flexibility at Low Temperatures:

It remains flexible at low temperatures, which is essential for applications in cold environments.

Common Uses
of Natural Rubber:

Tires
Footwear
Industrial Belts
Seals and Gaskets
Medical Devices
Elastics and Bands
Consumer Goods
Adhesives and Tape
Construction Materials

Natural rubber has been a valuable material for centuries, and its properties make it suitable for a wide range of applications. However, it’s important to note that natural rubber is susceptible to degradation from exposure to sunlight, heat, and certain chemicals. To address these limitations, synthetic rubber blends are often used in applications where enhanced durability and resistance to environmental factors are required.