Published May 2020
Polyisoprene elastomers (IR, isoprene rubber, polyisoprene rubber) are synthetic, predominantly stereoregular polymers that closely resemble natural rubber in molecular structure as well as in properties.
Polyisoprene elastomers are used in a variety of end-use applications requiring good resilience, low water swell, high gum tensile strength, good tack, and high hot tensile strength. The largest end use for polyisoprene by far is in tires. Black-loaded polyisoprene finds uses in tires, motor mounts, pipe gaskets, shock absorber bushings, and many other molded and mechanical goods. Gum polyisoprene compounds are used in rubber bands, cut thread, baby bottle nipples, and extruded hoses, along with other such items. Polyisoprene that is mineral-filled finds applications in footwear, sponges, and sporting goods. Other important uses include medical/health applications and sealants and adhesives. Of all the applications, medical/health applications have witnessed the fastest growth.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of polyisoprene elastomers:
Tires and tire products continue to dominate world consumption for polyisoprene elastomers at nearly three-fourths of total world consumption. Mechanical rubber goods assumed the second position, followed by medical applications, footwear, and other uses. Medical/health applications will continue to have the fastest consumption growth during the forecast period.
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