Why rubber really is an engineered product

Valve World’s appointment to visit Mr. Groot at Artech Rubber in Zutphen, the Netherlands, was almost cancelled at the very last minute. “I have just taken a phone call from one of my European distributors,” he said when we arrived at his office. “They have asked me to contribute to an emergency meeting tomorrow with a client who is experiencing problems with rubber-cotton fabric components in a submarine. As you can imagine, if you are preparing to dive then you want to be absolutely certain that each and every component – be they metals, plastics, rubber or whatever – is going to do the job you expect it to do and is not going to start causing problems.”

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