FAQs

Why should I use Southbourne Rubber over other rubber manufacturers?

We provide all customers with a premier service which includes:
• A quick response to enquiries
Quality assurance for all products designed and manufactured
• Spare capacity available to enable priority jobs to be processed quickly
• A comprehensive stock of uncured compounds
• The knowledge and expertise to create applications from the most suitable materials.
• Our packaging service, in accordance with BS3F69

How long has Southbourne Rubber been in business?

The company Southbourne Rubber Limited was registered back in 1995, however the actual roots of the company can be traced back to the village of Southbourne (hence the name) in West Sussex during the early 1970s.

Can you send a sample to help identify the type of rubber I require?

Yes, we can lab-test any sample and gain insight into the sample with regard to the following and more: specific gravity, shore hardness and stretch.

What is your minimum order quantity?

Southbourne Rubber has no Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ). However, we do have a Minimum Value Quantity (MVQ), which is £150.00GBP.

Can Southbourne Rubber help with custom moulded requests?

Yes, custom moulding is a key part of our business. Please contact us for help.

Do you offer a packaging service?

Yes, Southbourne Rubber offers a packaging service in accordance with BSF68/F69 and ISO:2230.

What quality assurance is Southbourne Rubber accredited to?

Southbourne Rubber is committed to quality and as such we are currently ISO:9001 certified, an international quality recognition. This means that we meet our customers’ expectations for the implementation of a formal quality management system. Southbourne Rubber’s quality processes are audited periodically to keep the company compliant, we are currently certified to ISO:9001 2015 and this allows us to:

  • Continually meet our customers’ quality requirements
  • Increase the quality of our products
  • Maintain customer satisfaction with our products.

    Work has started on obtaining our AS9100 certification, which combines the ISO 9001 requirements and supplements with additional quality system requirements that are established by the aerospace industry in order to satisfy DOD, NASA and FAA quality requirements. The aim of the standard is to establish a single quality management system for use within the aerospace industry and we plan to have this in place by mid-2018.

    What is more, we are Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals (REACH) compliant

How do I get in touch with you?

If you have any further questions, would like to submit a sales inquiry or request a quote, please email us or call +44 (0) 2392 255180.

Where are you located?

We are located in Waterlooville, Hampshire. Please visit our Contacts Us page for our mailing address, phone number and more.

Can I come and look at your facilities?

Yes, please contact us to set up an appointment to visit or audit us. While you are here, we will be happy to show you our production facility.

What is the difference between the AS568A, AS568B and AS568C designation for o-rings?

The AS in AS568 stands for Aerospace Standard and the 568 number is a three-digit suffix that identifies the o-ring’s size. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) published the original document that established these o-ring sizes. These o-ring sizes are standard throughout the o-ring industry and also for most military applications. AS568 is generally considered to be the US size standard and there is no difference between the AS568A, AS568B or AS568C designations.

How do I know what type of rubber is best for my application?

There are many types of rubber, each with their own properties. Full information can be found on our Materials page but here is a brief look at their main attributes:

  • Natural gum rubber – Superior resilience, tensile strength, elasticity, and resistance to abrasion.
  • Natural latex rubber – Ultra-elastic with excellent strength and stretch. Has exceptional tear resistance.
  • EPDM rubber – High density and durability. Excellent for outdoor use.
  • Nitrile Rubber (NBR) – High resistance to oil.
  • Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) – Good abrasion and wear resistance.
  • Silicone rubber – Good flexibility and resistance to ozone, sunlight, and oxidation. Very good electrical insulator. Can also come silver-loaded.
  • Butyl rubber – Almost completely air and gas tight. Good weather ability, oxidation resistance, and electrical resistance. Excellent resistance to alkalis and acids.
  • Polybutadiene – Durable, resilient and non-conductive.
  • Hypalon® rubber – Superior weatherability and resistance to ozone, chemicals, and oil – even at high temperatures.
  • Resists flex cracking and abrasion from weather, heat, and chemical exposure. Low water absorption.
  • Fluroelastomer rubber (FKM / FEPM) – Highly resistant to chemicals and oils. Excellent performance at high temperatures
  • Viton® rubber – Resists corrosive environments with exceptional resistance to heat, aging, weather, ozone, oxygen, sunlight, fuels, solvents and chemicals. Good flame resistance.
  • Perfluoroelastomer rubber (FFKM) – Excellent resilience to weather and ozone. Oustanding performance at high temperatures.
  • Fluorosilicone rubber – Excellent resistance to fuels and oils. Resistant to weathering and ozone. Good electrical strength.
  • Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber (HNBR) – Good resistance to oil, gas, water and abrasion. Resistant to weathering and extremes of temperature.
  • Neoprene rubber – Good weatherability and resistance to abrasion.
  • Buna-N rubber – Resists oil and solvents. Not as weather-resistant as other synthetic rubbers.
  • Vinyl rubber – Good resistance to water, chemicals, and weathering.
  • Santoprene rubber – Combines the characteristics of rubber
  • and plastic to produce a material that offers excellent weatherability and chemical resistance.
  • ECH rubber – Excellent resistance to fuel, oil, and ozone.
  • Latex-free TPE rubber – A transparent elastomer with gel-like consistency to absorb vibration and conform to irregular surfaces. Super stretchy. Very good tensile strength. Nontoxic and non-allergenic.

What is your shipping and returns policy?

If you change your mind about your order, you have the right to cancel up to 14 days after taking delivery; please email us with your order number. If your item is unused, in its original condition and you return it within 30 days of receipt of the goods, we can exchange it or provide a full refund once we have received it. If the goods are faulty, we can arrange collection.
Exemptions: Many of our products are manufactured to order; these will be excluded from the above returns policy. However, if faulty, the goods may be returned and we will provide a replacement or credit.

“Southbourne is always our first port of call for our seals, gaskets, o-rings and rubber parts – due to great quality, fantastic customer service, Open Technology Development (OTD) and releases that they offer. First class”
Client
Paula Cooper, Procurement Manager, ALA UK.

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.

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