Nitrile Rubber / NBR Rubber – What is it and what is it used for?

In this buying guides we explore the properties and uses of Nitrile (NBR) rubber:

NBR stands for Nitrile Butadiene Rubber, this type of rubber is synthetic. It is important to make sure that NBR (Nirtrile) rubber is not confused with NR rubber (natural rubber).

What are the properties of nitrile rubber (NBR) ?

NBR rubber has excellent properties:

  • High abrasion resistance
  • High tear and tensile strength
  • Low compression set
  • Excellent temperature resistance -30 ° C to + 120 ° C

Nitrile rubber heat resistance


The temperature resistance of Nitrile Rubber makes it ideal for a wide range of applications and working environments. However, it is important to be aware of the percentage of Nitrile within an individual product, as these can vary. The Nitrile content influences the temperature range for which the rubber is suitable.

Nitrile Rubber chemical resistance


When choosing any kind of rubber matting for your environment, it is important to consider chemical compatibility.

Nitrile rubber is chemically resistant to:

  • Alcohols
  • Animal fats and oils
  • Vegetable fats and oils
  • Acids and bases (depending on the concentration)
  • Mineral oil
  • Fuels
  • Aliphatic hydrocarbons
  • Silicone oil
  • Grease

Where is NBR rubber (nitrile) used?

nitrile rubber sheets

NBR is used in many applications and environments. They can be purchased as industrial nitrile rubber sheets, it is mostly used by the automotive and food industries once it has been manufactured into nitrile rubber seals, membranes and hoses.

And of course nitrile rubber also plays a major role in a number of our workplace mats .

Our Commercial Nitrile rubber sheets offer excellent quality.

Nitrile rubber in workplace matting

nitrile workplace matting

Nitrile rubber workplace mats are categorised by their resistance to oils, fats and chemicals. They are particularly popular in industrial or food processing environments, and where machines in production use oil or solvents.

Depending on the application, the Nitrile content of the workplace mat should be considered. In general, the higher the Nitrile content of the industrial mat, the higher the resistance to chemicals.

Industrial mats with NBR rubber are not only available as simple workplace mats or industrial workplace matting, but also as anti-fatigue mats to prevent the consequences of long periods of standing in the workplace.

If you have any questions about the resistance or other properties of our workplace mats, don’t hesitate to get in touch, our team will be happy to answer your questions.

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