Information Services

The Smithers Report

Information is vital to sustaining and growing in today's market, but so is using your time wisely. We provide assistance with both challenges by using our global position to create a daily report on happenings throughout the global rubber and polymer supply chain to help provide relevant information to clients in an easy to read format. Instead of spending time searching for news you need, we provide it to you in a truncated format for you to stay up to date, but with references should you need to collect more information about a particular topic. Find out more here.


Smithers Rapra is a major publisher of technical and market information covering many industries including all aspects of rubbers, plastics and polymer-based composite materials. With a worldwide readership in industry and academia Smithers Rapra publications encompass polymer science, practical processing technology and properties and applications of polymeric techniques. Publications include Handbooks, Smithers Rapra Updates, Journals, Practical Guides and Market Reports.

Market Reports

Smithers Rapra market reports are an authoritative and expert view of which emerging markets, technologies and factors will affect your industry. Our reports are constructed using primary author research, secondary sources and Smithers Rapra research programmes. Using our reports you can identify new business opportunities, employ a detailed breakdown of market sizes and understand the real effects of key market drivers on your business.

The Polymer Library

The Polymer Library remains the largest dedicated resource of polymer information in the world, with around 1,000,000 abstracts. The Polymer Library provides valuable information to the rubber, plastics, adhesives and composite industries and those utilising polymer products. The intelligent search facility helps you to find the information you need quickly and effectively.


Smithers Rapra has over 30 years experience of organising conferences for rubber, plastic and polymer related industries. The events consistently attract high numbers of senior level technical delegates from industry and academia. Smithers Rapra conferences offer the ideal forum to hear original technical papers and meet and exchange ideas with like-minded peers from across the world. Conferences are typically held in mainland Europe and North America covering a range of topics to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in rubber and plastics technology, legislative changes and market trends.

Short Courses

Smithers Rapra provides short, professional development courses (held in the UK, Europe and North America and on the web) structured to support time-pressured working people. They give impartial, pragmatic advice on polymer materials properties and characteristics in processing or application. These courses have developed out of the knowledge and experience of Smithers Rapra technologists. Course provision has now expanded to include topics such as legislative and environmental issues which impact on polymers.

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