Early in the 11th century, South American Indians has known rubber well. They believed that the white juices coming out of the stems of the rubber trees were white tears.
In 1744, rubber samples were sent to Europe, initiating a new era of rubber.
In 1770, British chemist Joseph Priestly found that rubber could erase pencil marks and therefore gave it an English name - Rubber.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Germany scientists invented synthesized rubber
In 1823, C. Mackintosh established the first water-proof cloth plant in UK. In the meanwhile, T. Hancock found that the flexibility of rubber could be reduced while its plasticity could be increased through processing in the gap between two rotating rollers.
In 1839, Charles Goodyear found the vulcanized heating technology that transformed the rubber industry and rubber started to enter extensive applications.
In mid-19th century, the rubber industry came into being and started to produce rubber cloth, rubber shoes, rubber tubes, rubber plates and some daily necessities.
In 1845, R.W. Thomson first filed a patent application for inflated tyres. In 1888, J. B. Dunlop manufactured the first inflated bicycle tyre.
In 1876, rubber seeds were smuggled to UK and were sent to the then Ceylon, Malaysia and Indonedia, etc, starting the enormous rubber industry in South East Asia.
In late 19th century, the emerge of automobile and auto tyres led to the boom of the rubber industry.
In 1906, G.. Oenolager used aniline as vulcanization accelerant.
In 1912, S.C.Mott discovered the enhancing effect of carbon. Soon, anti-aging agents were used in rubber processing.
In 1916, F.H. Bunbury filed a patent application for rubber internal mixer (plastication), which resulted in perfection and development of rubber processing machines.
The 1930s witnessed the commencement of commercialized synthesized rubber production: polybutadiene rubber (buna rubber), chloroprene rubber, styrene-butadiene rubber and butyl rubber are put into production successively.
In 1953, stereoregular synthetic rubber was developed successfully.
In 1963, TPE was delivered and was popular as it had the elasticity of rubber and the plasticity of plastics.
In mid-1970s, the production technologies of rubber processing and rubber synthesization reached an unprecedented height; as to the consumption of rubber, the world’s rubber consumption was 2.3mt in 1950 and reached 1.89mt in 1973. The world’s tyre output reached 140 million pcs in 1950 and increased to 650 million pcs in 1973.
In 1984, TSRC started to produce TPE.
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