English Abstract

Epoxidized Natural Rubber and Highly Purified Natural Rubber

Toshiaki SAKAKI
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Nippon Gomu Kyokaishi,(2018),91(5),156-160 General Review in Japanese

Despite the considerable time that have passed since the invention of synthetic rubber, natural rubber continues to be widely used across various industries thanks to its superior qualities of carbon neutrality and sustainability. Extensive effort has been put into its research and development with the aim of producing higher performance natural rubber.
This article reviews the historical background and production processes before detailing the physical properties and applications of both epoxidized and highly purified natural rubbers.

Keywords: Epoxidized Natural Rubber, Highly Purified Natural Rubber, Hevea Brasiliensis