How does Neoprene work?

As a leading independent convertor of rubber and foam materias, we know a thing or two about NeopreneAt Alanto, we’re frequently asked: “How exactly does Neoprene work?”

To answer this question, let’s start with what Neoprene is used for...

A family of synthetic rubbers, Neoprene is used in a number of products and applications that require good strength. For example, many gaskets are made from Neoprene. Neoprene is a good insulator too - because of this, it’s often used to make items of clothing such as insulating gloves and scuba suits. 

Importantly, Neoprene is also flame retardant ot various qualities conforming to industry standards FMVSS302 and UL94 HF1.

So how does Neoprene work?

Neoprene is chemically formulated to have inherent properties for resistance to oils, chemicals, hydrocarbons and solvents (hence its suitability for such demanding applications). In addition, it also has good ageing qualities - products made from Neoprene will have the longevity to suit their application.

When used in sealing applications, Neoprene prevents ingress from fluids and fumes by providing an impermeable seal.