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24 Rubber Facts

By February 15, 2017 No Comments

When you find yourself making the decision to buy rubber products, do you really know what that rubber is all about? Do you know anything about the product and the substance that you are bringing into your home or business?  Whether it is industrial anti-vibration rubber wholesale or flexible rubber parts used as bracelets that you are buying, they all share the same origins and qualities as a product.

  1. Discovered by South American tribes who collected milky sap from trees called Caoutchouc
  2. Caoutchouc translates to weeping tree now better known as Hevea Brasilinsis
  3. First samples of rubber were brought to Europe around 1500’s by Columbus
  4. Rubber was given to the material by a British chemist Joseph Priestly who found it was excellent at rubbing out pencil marks
  5. Thomas Hancock gave the world its first elastic band
  6. In 1839 Charles Goodyear discovered the process of vulcanization
  7. Rubber springs used on trains as far back at 1850’s. The spring was basically a barrel of rubber with metal straps around it.
  8. To make one car tire requires the yield from 2 trees from one year.
  9. The tree produces a latex material when it is “wounded,” which is the basis for the creation of natural rubber http://www.rubbercal.com/industrial-rubber/Articles-2/facts-about-rubber.html
  10. The Para rubber tree, as some call it, is great for carbon sequestration in the atmosphere  http://www.rubbercal.com/industrial-rubber/Articles-2/facts-about-rubber.html
  11. Its first documented use was by the Olmecs, who boiled the latex which came from the tree to form a ball which they used in their game which was similar to modern-day football and basketball. http://www.rubbercal.com/industrial-rubber/Articles-2/facts-about-rubber.html
  12. Southeast Asian countries are now the more dominant producers of natural rubber (94%) http://www.rubbercal.com/industrial-rubber/Articles-2/facts-about-rubber.html
  13. The wound stimulates its rate of photosynthesis, giving each tree a productive life of up to 35 years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/qi/8944718/QI-Quite-interesting-facts-about-rubber.html
  14. Originally rubber tires were white, which is the natural color of rubber In the early 1900s, Binney & Smith began selling their carbon black chemicals to Goodrich Tire Company, as it was found that the use of carbon black in rubber manufacturing significantly increased certain desirable qualities for rubber meant to be turned into tires. http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/07/making-tires-black-instead-of-the-natural-white-color-of-rubber-produces-a-much-stronger-and-longer-lasting-tire/
  15. Sculptor Peter Ganine created a sculpture of a duck in the 1940s, then patented it and reproduced it as a floating toy, of which over 50,000,000 were sold. Wikipedia
  16. Did you know that rubber shoes do nothing to protect you from lightning?
  17. Before rubber people used moist balls of bread to erase mistakes
  18. Joel Waul is a resident of Lauderhill, Florida, and the constructor of the worlds’ largest rubber band ball. It was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2008. After he had spent six years wrapping rubber bands to create the giant ball. It now sits in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! warehouse waiting to be put on display. The ball weighs more than 4082 Kilogram and stands at 6 feet 7 inches
  19. Before patenting the masticator  Hancock  called it the “pickling machine” to keep his invention a secret
  20. The process of Vulcanization is named after the roman god Vulcan, who is the god of fire.
  21. Did you know that, when dropped from the same height, a hardened steel ball will actually bounce higher than a rubber ball of the same size?
  22. In 1992, a shipping crate containing 28,000 rubber duckies was lost at sea when it fell overboard on its way from Hong Kong to the United States. Almost 20 years later, those same bath toys are still washing up on beaches all over the world!
  23. Thailand is the biggest exporter of rubber accounting for 34% $8,233,510,000 dollar value worth of natural rubber
  24. The trees will drip latex for about four hours, stopping as latex coagulates naturally on the tapping cut, thus blocking the latex tubes in the bark.

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