Smithers Rapra to sponsor Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers for 2016

(Akron, OH) – February 10, 2015 – Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, announced today its sponsorship of the Association of Rubber Product Manufacturers (ARPM) for the second consecutive year. The sponsorship exposes ARPM members to the various testing services from Smithers Rapra.

“The ARPM is excited to have Smithers Rapra as an official sponsor again in 2016,” said Letha Keslar, Managing Director of ARPM. “Testing of rubber materials and products is a highly desired service for our members. Our partnership with Smithers Rapra adds value to the benefits and resources our members enjoy.”

ARPM, founded in 2010, seeks to aid and support manufacturers of rubber products in leading more successful enterprises. The organization’s core mission is to provide insight on waste reduction, benchmarking, networking, standards management and educational opportunities for member companies. Benefits for ARPM members resulting from the sponsorship include Smithers Rapra’s product performance testing, analytical testing and physical materials testing services. For more information about the full range of ARPM member benefits, visit

“We have always been impressed with ARPM’s many proactive efforts to provide value to its members,” said Jim Popio, Vice President, North America, Smithers Rapra. “We’re excited to provide our expertise in rubber and polymer testing services as an offering to ARPM member companies and be a resource for them as they develop innovative, high-quality rubber products.”

Smithers Rapra operates laboratories in North America, Europe and China, covering a wide variety of testing and consulting services from material chemistry and product durability testing, to tire, wheel and winter testing. Expertise within Smithers spans several key industry sectors including automotive, tire, rubber and polymer products, aerospace, medical device and pharmaceuticals.

About Smithers Rapra

Smithers Rapra has been a trusted partner of the plastics and rubber industries for over 90 years. Our business is built around delivering a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic testing services to support a wide range of industry sectors including tire, automotive, polymer products, oil and gas, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, packaging, industrial and consumer products. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers’ goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products. 

About The Smithers Group

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra and Smithers Viscient. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers’ goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit

You can reach the Smithers Rapra North America main office at:

425 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44303
Telephone: 330-762-7441