Our Industry Sectors
Southbourne Rubber is a proud Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and rubber products supplier to the likes of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), The Royal Naval Dockyards and British Aerospace. As well as supplying rubber parts for one-off projects and prototypes, we are able to fulfil large orders quickly and efficiently to the highest of British Standards.
Our o-rings and grommets meet aerospace standards and NATO requirements too. This makes us a trusted quality supplier in the supply chain to some of the UK’s most important and prestigious industries.
With quality to AS9100 – an aerospace standard based on the ISO 9001 quality system requirements – and the continued provision of First Article Inspections Report (FAIR’s) to industry standard and client specifications, our parts can be found on nearly all commercial aircraft operating today.
Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo airliners and military transport aircrafts built with Southbourne Rubber parts include: Airbus A319, A320, A340, A350 XWB, A380 and A400M Atlas; Eurofighter Typhoon; Hawk; Jaguar; F35, Lynx, Sea King and AW101.
Southbourne Rubber also produces parts for the medical industry. Our medical grade (FDA compliant) silicone o-rings are not only available in a wide range of sizes including custom-sizing, but they are also one of the most cost-effective options that can be used for applications in the most demanding environments. Manufactured in a certified cleanroom to our ISO:9001 2015 standards and able to meet the test of thorough sterilisation, we manufacture o-rings made from a wide range of natural and synthetic rubbers. We can also manufacture and test to ISO 10993-5 and ETO sterilised.
Defence, Land & Sea
Boasting long-lasting relationships with the MOD and private defence companies in the UK, the US and Europe, Southbourne Rubber supplies rubber and rubber fabrications to many defence standards.
Our defence customers include: Babcock International, the British Army’s preferred training provider; Leonardo, one of the largest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MOD; QinetiQ, who deploys scientific and technological knowledge to the defence, security and aerospace markets; and Raytheon UK, a technology and innovation leader specialising in defence and national security.
Southbourne Rubber manufactures a range of rubber components such as silicone o-rings, EPDM grommets and PTFE washers [Materials] to all areas of the industrial, marine and food production sectors.
We also supply specialist applications based on our industrial customers’ specifications and material needs.
Supplying parts for the world’s best sounding record decks to everyday shower heads, Southbourne Rubber components and extrusions can be found throughout this industry sector.
We have experience of manufacturing specialist rubber grommets to the exacting specifications and material requirements of, world-class precision engineers of audio equipment, SME for the electrical insulation and drive belts of their turntables.
Unlike many manufactures, Southbourne Rubber carefully selects products appropriate to each application. None of our rubber technology is ever over-engineered or under-engineered for purpose. Working with the likes of Bombadier – the world’s leader in plane and train manufacturing – and Rolls Royce – the second-largest aircraft maker in the world – we supply everything from fire retardant materials to components for the transport industry.
Our core product range consists of:
O-rings – These specially shaped rubber seals, commonly used in dynamic applications with hydraulic systems including aircraft and medical devices , are made from natural and synthetic rubber that is resilient in high temperatures, pressures and extreme environments.
Grommets – Designed to line and reinforce holes punched through various materials for a range of applications, we supply a wide selection of rubber grommets from tension grommets to custom moulded grommets.
Gaskets – Sheet or rings designed to seal two meeting surfaces, we can design and manufacture rubber gaskets from any material and in any size required.
Seals and composite seals – We can provide easy to install rubber seals and sealing solutions to prevent leaks and contamination and meet your exact needs.
Sheet materials – With more than 50 grades of rubber sheeting available boasting excellent resistance to extremes of temperature, we manufacture a variety of rubber parts and protective surfaces for a number of technologically advanced industries.
Custom moulded shapes – Offering a choice of over 15 types of natural and synthetic rubber, we can design, manufacture and deliver high quality rubber parts of any size, style or quantity for precision engineering and outstanding performance.
Making sure to use only the finest materials for the manufacturing process that meet British Standards, Defence Standards, aerospace standards and NATO Quality Assurance Requirements as well as proven quality standards, our expert team has over 50 years’ experience supplying the best custom moulding – from design to packaging.
Whether supplying products to the Ministry of Defence, The Royal Naval Dockyards, British Aerospace, shower manufacturers or audio design engineers, as a leading manufacturer of seals and elastomeric products we have the capabilities to deliver to your exact specifications.
From state-of-the-art machinery to skilled friendly staff who will deal with you directly for the best possible lead times and outcomes, Southbourne Rubber should be your first port of call for all your industrial rubber moulding needs.