Kiwi icon de­liv­ers full range of in­dus­trial rub­ber & plas­tics so­lu­tions

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Skellerup Rub­ber Ser­vices (SRS) is a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of high qual­ity in­dus­trial rub­ber prod­ucts. Based in Auck­land, the op­er­a­tion pro­vides a broad range of prod­ucts for a va­ri­ety of in­dus­trial mar­kets. SRS’s com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage though, is its abil­ity to as­sist com­pa­nies in need of prod­uct de­sign, tool­ing man­u­fac­ture, pro­to­typ­ing, for­mu­la­tion of com­pounds and part pro­duc­tion re­quire­ments.

Kent Stans­field, sales man­ager says, “We’re a one stop shop, of­fer­ing a range of off the shelf stocked items for generic sales as well as de­vel­op­ment and “made to or­der” pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties for both the do­mes­tic and off­shore mar­kets.”

To keep up with cus­tomer de­liv­ery ex­pec­ta­tions, SRS has long es­tab­lished sup­ply re­la­tion­ships and works closely with a num­ber of spe­cialty tool­mak­ers. This en­ables SRS to be re­spon­sive in de­sign­ing, pro­to­typ­ing and pro­duc­tion of rub­ber and plas­tic parts, while min­imis­ing costs.

The de­vel­op­ment of rub­ber com­pounds is also part of the Te­larc reg­is­tered ISO9001 com­pany’s reper­toire says Kent: “Our tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and in-house lab­o­ra­tory re­sources en­able us to keep up with ev­er­chang­ing and de­vel­op­ing in­dus­try stan­dards, com­pli­ances and ex­act­ing cus­tomer re­quire­ments. This ex­per­tise is en­hanced through the shared tech­ni­cal re­sources of the Skellerup group lo­cated in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, USA, Asia and Europe.”

The tech­ni­cal re­sources within SRS are at the heart of com­pound de­vel­op­ment from raw in­gre­di­ents, as well as as­sist­ing with qual­ity con­trol through rig­or­ous test­ing of com­pounds and fin­ished prod­ucts. SRS main­tains a com­pre­hen­sive test­ing lab­o­ra­tory and is able to per­form ex­ten­sive anal­y­sis in­clud­ing, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, phys­i­cal prop­er­ties, and chem­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­sis­tance test­ing, on both rub­ber com­pounds and fin­ished prod­ucts.

The com­pany pro­cesses a wide va­ri­ety of rub­ber ma­te­ri­als and spe­cialises in cus­tom com­pound­ing a full range of poly­mers in­clud­ing nat­u­ral, syn­thet­ics and blends.

“Our on­site tech­ni­cal and engineering teams are avail­able to ad­vise the most ap­pro­pri­ate ma­te­ri­als for their in­tended ap­pli­ca­tions and com­pli­ance to in­dus­try stan­dards,” says Kent. SRS com­pounds are sold as un­cured, cal­en­dered sheet­ing as well as be­ing utilised for their own man­u­fac­tur­ing re­quire­ments.

Cus­tom mould­ing is a key area of SRS’s busi­ness. The team man­u­fac­tures an ex­ten­sive range of stan­dard gen­eral mould­ings avail­able ex-stock as well of­fer­ing cus­tomised mould­ing so­lu­tions for a wide range of in­dus­tries and ap­pli­ca­tions. SRS have ca­pa­bil­ity in com­pres­sion, trans­fer and in­jec­tion mould­ing, as well as rub­ber bond­ing to a range of in­sert ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing plas­tics and met­als. SRS has ca­pa­bil­ity in plas­tics in­jec­tion mould­ing in­clud­ing TPR and TPE through its Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre lo­cated on­site.

SRS are spe­cial­ists in rub­ber roller re­cov­er­ing, grind­ing and groov­ing ser­vices. Tai­lored com­pounds are of­fered to suit most in­dus­tries in­clud­ing print­ing, pack­ag­ing, pa­per tis­sue, waste treat­ment, steel pro­duc­tion, and food & bev­er­age in­clud­ing meat & dairy in­dus­tries. SRS also of­fer en­gi­neered, made-to-or­der prod­ucts such as sleeves, wheels, buf­fers and fend­ers.

As well as the made-to-or­der so­lu­tions, cus­tomers can choose from a com­pre­hen­sive range of stan­dard and sponge ex­tru­sions and seal­ing strips, mat­ting, O-rings, seals and small to large berth fend­er­ing sys­tems in­clud­ing wharf fur­ni­ture.

The team at SRS know the pres­sures of com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally. “As a lo­cal man­u­fac­turer and ex­porter, we un­der­stand the chal­lenges our cus­tomers face within a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place. Whilst most of what we sell is man­u­fac­tured on­site, larger vol­ume pro­duc­tion runs that can ben­e­fit from dif­fer­ently geared pro­duc­tion mod­els are pro­duced by our off­shore part­ners, to our spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and of­ten from tool­ing de­signed and made here in New Zealand,” says Kent.

In late 2013, SRS took de­liv­ery of a new 350 tonne com­pres­sion mould­ing press. The new press is fully au­to­mated and utilises vac­uum tech­nol­ogy to re­duce wastage and im­prove prod­uct qual­ity. “Re-in­vest­ing in engineering ca­pa­bil­ity is a key busi­ness strat­egy to main­tain busi­ness growth and tech­ni­cal ad­vance­ment,” adds Kent.

Kent Stans­field (Sales Man­ager) and GP Dil­lon (Mould­ing Pro­duc­tion Su­per­vi­sor) in front of new mould­ing ma­chine.

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