About Smithers Rapra

Smithers Rapra is the global leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites testing, consulting services, and conferences, training, publications and market reports, focused mainly on the tire, industrial, transportation, consumer and medical industries. Smithers Rapra encompasses what was previously Smithers Rapra Technologies, established in the United Kingdom in 1919 and Smithers Scientific Services, established in the United States in 1925.


Smithers Rapra has a unique mix of on-site expertise & facilities enabling the application of an integrated approach to problem solving. The company's core capabilities lie in the skills & experience of its people, many of whom are recognized & accepted as leading experts in their field. With access to full service testing facilities, offices and analysis labs all over the globe, Smithers Rapra's experts have a broad tool-kit when guiding customers with technical consulting, along with industry related publications, events, training, and conferences to help develop your organization and its products. Each testing laboratory operates with the highest efficiency and accuracy to ensure that all of your testing needs are met.

Testing, analysis & calibration services

The physical testing, analytical & chemical laboratories at Smithers Rapra are accredited by UKAS both as a testing laboratory certificate number 067 & a calibration laboratory certificate number 0306, in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

Testing is also instigated to a range of national & international standards & those tailored to an individual company's requirement. A variety of physical tests assess material properties against abrasion, fatigue, impact & stress & their performance in products in particular conditions. Smithers Rapra's analytical & chemical laboratories undertake a variety of tasks including material identification & characterization using a range of advanced chromatographic, spectroscopic & thermal techniques.

Consultancy services

Smithers Rapra's plastics & rubber technical services can prevent, identify or solve problems & improve on or ensure continuing quality. Supported by comprehensive testing, analysis & information facilities, technologists can tackle most polymer related projects.

Conferences, Training, Publications and Market Reports

Smithers Rapra serves as a global academic & industrial market with polymer, chemical, pharmaceutical, ecotoxicology & life-science related knowledge & information products & events. These include a wide range of technology & market-based journals & books, market reports, national & international conferences, polymer technology training courses & electronic web & database products.

Registration Information

Registered in UK with number 05761324

VAT registration number: GB100204306