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British Rubber & Polyurethane Products Association



Posted on 11 November 2015

Short courses

  1. ARTIS

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:

  • Mixing
  • Cure characterisation
  • Moulding
  • Physical testing

Course dates are as follows:


14-15 December


12-13 January

15-16 March

17-18 May

12-13 July

13-14 September

15-16 November

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 Dr Ahmed Farid (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.

Their next course is to be held on 2-3 December 2015, at the Premier Inn Tamworth Central, B78 3HQ.

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.London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University, based on its site in East London close to the City, currently runs a FdSc Polymer Technology  course (distance learning at levels 5 &  6). This is now closed to new students  but the University  will be holding short courses as follows:

A. Introduction to Plastics Technology – 1 day short course

Dates: 26 January 2016 and 12 April 2016

B. Introduction to Polymer Materials – 1 day short course

Dates: 27 January 2016 and 13 April 2016

Full details are available on the website.

For further enquiries please contact Elena Onyshchenko at

4.     Smithers Rapra

Smithers Rapra run rubber technology courses from time to time.  Details can be found here.
Longer courses

The polymer Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma course at South Leicestershire College , run by Chanjarit Chodha (who has had experience in working in a number of companies), started  earlier in 2015. It contains units on Polymer Process Engineering, Basic Polymer Technology, Rubber Products/ Specialist Elastomers. The course is run over 2 years on Monday afternoons 12-30 to 18-30, and numbers have  been bolstered to 14 students. Though this particular course is now closed the aim is to repeat it with a new intake in the next few months, possibly run on a one year basis. The contact point at the College is Mark Collings, Learning Skills Manager Engineering, email:

General enquiries

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