About Us

Smithers Rapra delivers industry-leading rubber and plastics expertise

From product concept to launch and beyond

Smithers Rapra is a global leader in rubber, plastics and polymer testing, consulting services, and conferences, training  and market reports,   focused mainly on the tire, industrial, automotive, consumer and medical industries.

Smithers Rapra encompasses what was previously Rapra Technology Ltd, 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 and facilities enabling the application of an integrated approach to problem solving. Its core capabilities lie in the skills and experience of its people, many of whom are recognized and accepted as leading experts in their field. With access to full service testing facilities, offices and analysis labs, Smithers Rapra's experts have a broad tool-kit when guiding customers with technical consulting,  along with industry related  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. 

Expert Support

Testing, Analysis and Calibration services 

Smithers Rapra laboratories are ISO 17025 certified.

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

Product Testing

Expert Support Consultancy Services 

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

Conferences, Training, Market Reports and Consulting

Smithers Rapra serves the global academic and industrial market with polymer, chemical, pharmaceutical, ecotoxicology and life-science related knowledge and information products and events. These include a wide range of technology and market-based market reports and consulting , national and international conferences and polymer technology training courses