Although there is evidence of natural rubber being used as early as 1600BC, the modern development of rubber undergoing chemical processing did not take place until the nineteenth century. Since then, the industry has made numerous advances and rubber is key to a number of products used daily around the world.

The rubber industry has been operating for a long time and many terms are used to describe the processing of the various material variations. Modern, everyday items such as protective wear and automotive seals and parts use rubber as key components for the overall product.

As market leaders and innovators, Alanto has composed an A-Z glossary to help clarify many key terms within the industry. Click each link to get:

  • Definitions
  • Strengths
  • Specifications
  • Applications


From EPDM to PVC open cell foams, Alanto has been operating for over a decade and have a broad knowledge of the industry.