Rubber Band Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of rubber band manufacturers and suppliers. Use our website to review and source top rubber band manufacturers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find rubber band companies that can design, engineer, and manufacture rubber bands to your company's specifications. Then contact the companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product news articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of rubber rods, rubber trim, rubber profiles, or customized rubber channels of every type, this is the resource for you.

  • Tinley Park, IL

    Aero Rubber Co. offers exceptional quality and competitive pricing on all of our extruded rubber products. Aero Rubber Co. uses high quality rubber compounds such as, Neoprene, Viton, Silicone, EPDM, Polyurethane, Natural Rubber, and Thermoplastic Rubber. For post-fabrication services we offer cut & coil/spool, pressure sensitive adhesive, and splicing. We offer various rubber extrusion profiles like D shaped, half-round, T shaped, U channel profiles, round cord, square, triangle, and custom extrusions.

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  • Carver, MN

    Since 1976, Lakeview Industries has been globally known for manufacturing rubber extrusions. Our die cut equipment and fabricated rubber products such as rubber grommets and rubber bumpers provide the environmental sealing and noise control industries with reliable molded rubber products. We do both standard and custom profiles to help meet your rubber requirements.

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  • Strongsville, OH

    Since GSH Industries began in 1986, we have been providing rubber parts to a wide variety of industries. We make sure that each part you order will work just right for its future application. Be sure to contact us for quotes on your weatherstripping project for the best products and service at the lowest prices. For full service design and engineering, call GSH.

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  • Santa Ana, CA

    At American Rubber Products, we take pride in our expertise and commitment to delivering top-notch rubber extrusions. With decades of collective experience, we specialize in providing high-quality solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of our diverse clientele. Join us on the journey of excellence, where passion and proficiency converge to create unparalleled rubber extrusion solutions that elevate industries and redefine possibilities.

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  • Southampton, PA

    We got our beginning in 1954 and ever since then we have been manufacturing custom rubber extrusion solutions for customers around the world! We are a family and employee owned business dedicated to ensuring that our customers are receiving customer care that cannot be matched by the competition! Visit our website today to learn more about what we may be able to do for you!

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Rubber Bands Industry Information

The process of producing rubber bands involves the creation of rubber tubes that are cut to produce the proper shape. In the beginning stage, raw rubber is kneaded and heated to soften it into a dough.

The kneaded rubber is removed in chunks and collected to form sheets. The chunks are put through huge rolling pins that press them into wide, thin, deformed pieces of rolled rubber dough. As the sheets exit rollers, they are cut into uneven strips and bundled for easier movement and control for the addition of chemicals.

During the rolling process, sulfur and chemicals are added that make the rubber more elastic, pliable, and stronger. The bundles from the first rolling are rolled second time into thin sheets that are much like cloth. The thin sheets are twisted into small bundles to be placed in the extruding machine.

The extruder shapes the rubber sheets into long tubes that are cut to lengths for further processing. As the tubes of rubber leave the extruder, they are filled with air and talcum powder to keep the walls of the tubes from collapsing and sticking. As the tubes exit the extruder die, they pass into a trough of water to be cooled.

While the long tubes of inflated rubber pass through the cooling water, they deflate as air is released. The cooled tubes are placed over long round poles, or dies, for the curing process. The poles give the tubes the rubber band shape and diameter. The talcum powder, from the extrusion process, makes sliding the tubes of rubber on to the shaping poles much easier and keeps the tubes from sticking during curing.

The tubes are placed in bundles that are loaded into a steam oven. The extreme heat of the steam oven vulcanizes the rubber, which adds to its tensile strength and elasticity. Once the tubes and molds are removed from the oven, the tubes of rubber are taken off the molds.

As a final step, before the rubber tubes can be cut into rubber bands, the tubes are rinsed to remove the talcum powder and other residue. When they are sufficiently dry and rinsed, they are sent to be cut.

Drying makes the rubber tubes too dry for cutting, which requires moistening them during cutting. To cut the tubes to the proper width, they are fed into a preprogrammed cutter that cuts them to the exact widths to form the final rubber bands. Over a half million rubber bands are produced every hour using this process.

Though rubber is the most common component for the manufacture of rubber bands, there are several other materials that have been developed to produce them, such as ethylene propylene diene monomer, synthetic polyisoprene, and various silicone compounds. The selection of the type of material depends on how the band will be used.

The main purpose of rubber bands is to hold a group of items together. Many of us find them on commercial products from a store. Though this is a common use, they are also used in agriculture, packaging, stationery, fisheries, transportation, and several other industries.

The largest user is the United States Postal Service, which orders millions of tons of them every year. Their original use and continuing use are to keep magazines and newspapers rolled tightly for delivery. As any florist can tell you, they are essential for the creation of bouquets of flowers.