Smithers Rapra Adds New Flammability Testing Capabilities at Akron Laboratories

Akron Laboratory provides enhanced environmental testing capabilities with additional flammability test chambers.

Flammability tester(Akron, OH) – Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, announced today the addition of new rubber and polymer material flammability testing capabilities at its Akron laboratory.

The new flammability chamber will expand the current capabilities resulting in a more comprehensive offering of horizontal and vertical burn tests on a broad selection of materials. In addition, Smithers Rapra experts will be able to measure the oxygen index of plastics, rubber, and other polymer materials used in consumer products, appliances, automotive components, vehicles, mass transportation equipment, industrial equipment and films and self-adhesive materials.

Flammability tester“Our goal at Smithers Rapra is to provide our clients with the most expansive set of testing capabilities for rubber and polymer materials,” said James Popio, Vice President, North America, Smithers Rapra. “As OEM and industry requirements for flammability testing become more stringent, we will continue to expand our capabilities to serve our clients.”

Smithers Rapra performs flame testing to industry and governmental standards including a variety of ASTM, ISO, UL, NES, IEC and OEM specifications.

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. Smithers global network of ISO 17025 accredited tire test laboratories perform a wide variety of SAE, ASTM, ISO, UNECE and EC tests supporting raw material suppliers, tire manufacturers and automotive OEMs.

Expertise within Smithers spans several key industry sectors including automotive, tire, rubber and polymer products, aerospace, medical device and pharmaceuticals. For more information about Smithers Rapra visit

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. Please visit

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 office at:

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