NITRILE RUBBER possesses unique physical and chemical properties that make it one of the most widely used synthetic elastomers in the world. It is meant for use in pads, seals and gaskets, among many other applications. Also known as Buna-N rubber or butadiene rubber, it has a superior level of resistance against synthetic and natural grease products. It is highly recommended for use in areas where oil/petroleum products are present. This material was developed during World War II in response to a growing need for oil-resistant rubber that could serve as a superior alternative to natural rubber. Nitrile rubber proved to be a great solution.
For most of the early 1900s, prior to the outbreak of World War I, society industrialized at a rapid rate. This era saw the birth of the automobile industry and an increase in the use of oils in industrial machinery, as well as automotive and military applications. Before nitrile sheet rubber was developed, manufacturers had to make do with natural rubber, the supply and performance of which were erratic. The pursuit of developing a new synthetic oil-resistant rubber became imperative with the rapid industrialization of the Western Hemisphere.