Rubber has unique material properties that allow it to be strong, durable, flexible, abrasion resistant and extremely waterproof. Natural rubber is derived from the latex from rubber trees. Tapping the bark of these trees allows the latex (sticky, milky colloid) to be drawn off by making incisions in the bark and collecting the fluid in vessels. The latex then is refined into rubber ready for commercial processing.
Many "rubber" materials today are actually synthetic elastomers that have been developed to offer similar properties but enhanced for specific applications. Contact us for help determining what elastomer will best fit your application.