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Our MissionEducate and Deliver Value to our ClienteleIncrease Efficiency of our OrganizationBring to Market “Living Brands” That Evolve with our Client’s Changing Demands
Establish 1994Founded in 1994, Rubber-Cal is a distributor of industrial rubber products. The company brings to market and inventories a wide range of rubber mats, rubber flooring, sheet rubber, flexible ducting, coir doormats, pavement maintenance parts and other specialty rubber products. Our large inventory and 24-hour fulfillment of stocked products makes us a great partner to agile OEMs and retailers by reducing their need to inventory parts and raw materials. Most of our rubber goods can be purchased in small custom-cut lengths, decreasing both the cost and time of installation and onsite fabrication.
Eco-Conscious ProductsIngrained in our basic philosophy is the mission to offer “Green” products, whenever possible, to industry and consumers alike. Natural, reclaimed and recycled rubbers are not only a practical substitute but also a far more affordable option. Firstly, by using eco-friendly materials like natural and recycled rubber we help to reduce the presence of non-biodegradable rubber waste in the ecosystem. In the US, there are approximately 245 million tires discarded annually. Our products help reduce the presence of these tires in dumpsites. Secondly, consumers directly benefit from recycled rubber products because they are more affordable than their synthetic counterparts. This has been a distinguishing hallmark that has served Rubber-Cal well over the years. In fact, it is a point of pride for us. Products using eco-friendly recycled rubber, such as our interlocking rubber floor tiles, are very popular with consumers because they offer superior protection and durability at a competitive price.
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In the MediaRubber-Cal's quality products have garnered attention for the company from the media. In 2016-17 you will see our products appearing on prime time TV shows such as Sweat Inc., The Biggest Loser, Strong, and Save Our Shelters. In the past ten years our rubber products have appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, NBC’s The Biggest Loser, US Open of Surfing, VH1’s Money Hungry, Mr. Olympia, Designed to Sell, DIY TV’s Run My Renovation, Extra Yardage, Man Caves and Grounds for Improvement. Rubber-Cal is proud to have been involved in the success of these shows. As the company continues to grow, consumers and industry can expect to see more of its products showcased in the media.
Our StaffRubber products can be complex and hard to understand. All of Rubber-Cal's success would not be possible without the dedicated expertise of its staff. Whether you need sheet rubber, rubber flooring, or custom-made rubber gaskets, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is on hand to help you find the right elastomer for your needs! The experts know that browsing through our product line may be intimidating for some, but they are here to guide you. With a firm belief in providing quality customer service, they make it their mission to educate and inform customers about rubber products.
Upcoming Trade ShowsRubber-Cal is excited to announce its presence at two upcoming trade shows in 2017! Come find us at the following shows:
National Pavement Expo – February 1-4, Nashville TN - This is the go-to event for companies and contractors involved in America’s pavement maintenance industry. Rubber-Cal will be at this show in Nashville’s Music City Center from February 1 to 4 showcasing our lineup of rubber snowplow blades, street sweeper curtains kits, and sweeper hoses.
National Hardware Show – May 9-11, Las Vegas NV – This trade show is the prime hub for sourcing and education for everyone involved in the home improvement and DIY markets. Hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Rubber-Cal will be exhibiting rubber mats and flooring products at booth 4424.
Rubber Insights - Where Does Rubber Come From?
Newly produced rubber, also referred to as "virgin rubber", can be produced naturally or synthetically. Natural rubber is manufactured from latex, a sticky white fluid produced by various plants and often misidentified as sap. The most common plant used for harvesting latex is the rubber tree, whose scientific name is Hevea brasiliensis. Although the rubber tree originates from South America, most farming of Hevea brasiliensis and production of natural rubber today takes place in Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Due to high worldwide demand for rubber products, the majority of rubber produced today is synthetic rubber. Synthetic rubber is typically made from petroleum-based compounds that classify as monomers. These monomers are extracted during the process of refining crude oil and include styrene, butadiene, and chloroprene, among others. To produce synthetic rubber, these monomers are polymerized, or combined into long, repeating chains called polymers. During polymerization, monomers are combined with additives that affect the resulting rubber's physical properties. Because rubber producers have greater control over the properties of synthetic rubber, some types of synthetic rubber can demonstrate superior qualities to natural rubber.
Synthetic rubber saw increased production during World War II, when Japan seized control of the Asian countries with high natural rubber production, effectively cutting off the Allies from access to natural rubber. Polymers of styrene and butadiene were manufactured extensively in the United States during this time. Styrene-butadiene rubber, also referred to as SBR, remains one of the most common types of synthetic rubber produced today.
Before You Buy - Does Rubber Have a Scent?
All flooring materials have a scent, including rubber. Natural rubber originates from latex, an organic substance and a natural by-product of plants like Hevea brasiliensis. Just like any other organic substance, harvested latex is susceptible to containing organic impurities. During various stages of processing, liquid latex is mixed with other additives and substances to ensure a consistent texture. This also helps to sterilize such organic impurities, breaking them down into various compounds. During vulcanization, the final stage of processing rubber, liquid latex is subjected to high heat and pressure in order to stabilize its molecular structure and form a reliable solid. This thermal processing helps to further eliminate impurities and break them down. Natural rubber may retain traces of scents from these compounds formed during various stages of processing. However, the scent of rubber gradually fades, especially if stored in a well-ventilated area. By the time rubber is processed, formed into rubber products, and distributed, some people may barely notice its scent at all.
Producers of natural rubber often take additional steps to reduce the scent of raw natural rubber. Some processing plants mitigate or eliminate any smells by adding certain substances to liquid latex which inhibit the formation of smell-producing compounds in the rubber during vulcanization. In Malaysia, many natural rubber producers use wet scrubber systems to clean the rubber of its smell. Some rubber products are treated with particular additives that affect pigmentation or scent. These additives help to replace the smell of rubber with an alternate scent, such as vanilla.
Rubber Insights - How is Rubber Made?
Natural rubber typically comes from the latex of Hevea brasiliensis, also known as the rubber tree. This tree is heavily farmed in Far East nations for use in production of natural rubber. To harvest latex from Hevea brasiliensis, workers "tap" a rubber tree by carefully cutting a section of bark at an angle and gathering the leaking latex into cups or coconut shells. These cuts are performed precisely in order to prevent long-term damage to the tree. Once harvested, latex is treated with ammonia or other chemicals to prevent early coagulation.
At processing plants, large quantities of liquid latex are emulsified with acids and other compounds to eliminate impurities. The latex undergoes dispersion, in which it is combined with various agents including gelatin, casein, glues, and detergents to produce a substance with a homogenous state. Other substances are added to the latex for pigmentation or antioxidation. An electrical charge is applied to the latex mixture to stabilize it, preventing the rubber particles from coagulating. This liquid latex mixture can then be used for dipped latex goods, pressed into rubber slabs, or poured into molds for various rubber products.
To produce sheet rubber, latex is pressed and dried into gum rubber sheets. These rubber sheets are then heated with sulfur in a process called vulcanization, stabilizing the molecular structure of the rubber product. Once vulcanized, rubber sheets are coated with talc to prevent sticking and baled together for shipment.