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British Rubber & Polyurethane Products Association

Courses in Polymer and Rubber Technology


ARTIS are an independent material consultancy specialising in the testing, analysis, development and recycling of rubber materials. They run a short course on basic rubber technology at their facilities in Melksham in Wiltshire. This course is suited for those working in the rubber and allied industries who are not directly involved with technical operations and therefore are not fully acquainted with the science and technology of rubber processing and product design. Essentially therefore it is aimed at those working in the non-technical areas such as sales, costing, management, HR and so forth. The course provides a fundamental understanding of basic rubber technology as well as an appreciation of the terminology used in the industry.  The course is delivered over a two-day period and costs £650 pp, including lunch.

The lectures cover the following aspects of rubber science and technology:

Structure – property relationships of rubbers
Structure – processing relationships of rubbers
Properties and applications of general purpose rubbers
Properties and applications of speciality rubbers
Classification and role of additives in rubbers
Vulcanisation and curing methods
Mechanism of mixing
Shaping processes (eg extrusion, calendering)
Physical testing of rubbers

The workshops comprise practical hands-on sessions on the following:

Cure characterisation
Physical testing

The course is approved for professional development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and at the end of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Approval for the course under the aegis of IOM3.

ARTIS may also in a position to lay on bespoke training as required.

The contact point is Mr Jay Palil (e-mail: , tel: 01225 896 515)

2. Polymer Recyclers Ltd

Bob Kind at Polymer Recyclers Ltd, based in Tamworth, working in association with John Bowen, is able to run courses tuned to companies’ requirements. They have successfully done so in the UK and at successive annual Tire Technology Conferences in Germany over a number of years. Contact details are:, telephone: 07941 402211.

This course is aimed at anyone working within the rubber industry – whether in management production, technical or sales departments – seeking to gain an understanding of the technological aspects of the industry, including, but not limited to: basic chemistry, ingredients of rubber compounds, processing, various problems and their solutions.

Short practical courses, from 6-8 days, including mixing, moulding and testing of rubber compounds can also be arranged to suit students’ and companies’ needs.

For further information and an application form please contact Bob Kind at, telephone: 07941 4022211


3.     Smithers Rapra

Smithers Rapra run rubber technology courses from time to time.  Details can be found at, telephone: 01939 250383


A polymer Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma course run by Chanjarit Chodha of South Leicestershire College (who has had experience in working in a number of companies), took place in 2015/2016 and contains units on Polymer Process Engineering, Basic Polymer Technology, Rubber Products/ Specialist Elastomers. Mr Chodha taught the course in the first half of 2017 on a private basis, and the plan is for him to run a further course in 2018.

4. University of Surrey 

Under its Advanced Materials MSc Programme the University of Surrey is running a short course for MSc students and CPR 2017/2018 on “Polymers: Science, Engineering and Application” from 19-23 February 2018 at a fee of £1600,00. The course has been approved for Professional Development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Contact: Jenna Flint, email:


For any general enquiries about training in the rubber industry please contact John Dorken, Director of British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Association, at