Since our establishment in 1973, our core business has been the processing of rubber and polyurethane materials to produce customer bespoke products such as rubber and polyurethane mouldings, rubber and polyurethane covered rollers, rubber extrusions, rubber fabrications, sheet cut gaskets and rubber linings (see our services).
In addition to our trade work we have developed a range of own brand components that can be found in use in various applications around the world including the agricultural, offshore and transport industries (see our products).
Our long term vision is to be one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of Rubber and Polyurethane components. To achieve this goal we continuously work to acquire and sustain the resources necessary to manufacture bespoke solutions for our customer’s specific requirements. In addition we actively seek to design, develop and manufacture Clifton Rubber branded components that will fulfil our customer’s needs in specific industries.
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Clifton Rubber has been trading as an independent family owned and managed company since 1973 and in that time has developed an extensive knowledge of rubber and polyurethane materials and the processes required to manufacture high quality components. Our dedicated technical sales team will provide assistance with your project from enquiry through to delivery and are on hand to answer any queries you may have.
We have six manufacturing units each with a dedicated rubber or polyurethane production capability. This ensures we have the correct production resources to manufacture a suitable solution for our customer’s needs. Our production units include:
To support our main production functions we have an in-house engineering workshop to provide tool-making and general machining/fabrication services, including: The manufacture of mould tools and inserts for our rubber and polyurethane moulding units. The manufacture of complete roller assemblies for our roller covering unit. The production of extrusion dies for our extrusion unit Our workshop is fully equipped with modern CNC milling and turning equipment and operated by highly skilled precision engineers to ensure high quality components can be manufactured on time every time. By maintaining this engineering capability in house we retain control of lead times, quality control and costs. This enables us to offer our customers very competitive prices for high quality tooling and fabricated parts on much tighter lead times.
We operate from a 50,000sq ft manufacturing facility located in St Ives, Cambridgeshire where we employ approximately 50 staff from the local area. The majority of customer bespoke and industry specific products we supply are produced in our UK factory and for the few products where we don’t possess the required manufacturing capability or resource in-house we coordinate the production and supply of the component with our various specialist UK manufacturing partners.
We continuously review and improve our operational processes to ensure we are operating our business as cost efficiently as possible. This continuous improvement guarantees that we can manufacture and supply our rubber and polyurethane components at a competitive price whilst maintaining our industry leading product quality.
The type and range of our production resources ensures we retain flexibility when it comes to manufacturing rubber and polyurethane components. This flexibility comes in the form of: Batch sizes; we are able to accommodate low volume one off orders up to high volume continuous production orders. Complexity of products; we can manufacture simple single material products up to complex multi material components such as rubber to metal bonded assemblies. Lead times; we have the ability to quickly change machine set ups for shorter lead times.
At Clifton Rubber we work hard to ensure that we deliver products to our customers by the agreed delivery date, this is why we are trusted by many leading OEM’s as a tier one supplier. Whilst 99% of orders are manufactured and delivered on time, there are occasions where this is not possible, generally due to unforeseen circumstances or reasons out of our control. When we expect a delayed delivery for any reason we aim to keep our customer regularly updated to enable them to effectively manage their own production schedules.
We aim to produce high quality rubber and polyurethane components which will lead the industry on strength and durability. We have achieved ISO 9001 accreditation for quality management, which we regularly review and update in accordance with the latest requirements to ensure that our quality management processes are as focused as possible on delivering our customers a top quality product. Other factors, which ensure we lead the industry on quality, are: We will always use top quality rubber and polyurethane materials in our products and won’t use materials with high filler content unless specified by our customers. Our production processes have been developed throughout our 40 plus year history to ensure the end product is manufactured to a high standard. We carry out quality inspections at every stage of the production process from manufacture to dispatch.
Refurbished wheels offer similar wear characteristics to the original wheels but at a significant cost saving, often as much as 75%!
We are delighted that Alastair Miles has recently joined the company as our Design Engineer.
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At the age of 23, Brian Burton establishes a trade moulding company called Clifton Rubber Co Ltd occupying part of a small industrial unit in Cromwell Works, St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
Clifton Rubber moves to a bigger unit on the St Ives industrial estate, which still form part of Clifton Rubber’s production facilities today.
The company expands to occupy adjoining industrial unit.
Clifton Rubber acquires Barwell Rubber Company, an industry leader in rubber roller covering. Barwell Rubber moves to occupy units on Edison Road and now forms the basis of Clifton Rubber’s roller covering unit.
Clifton Rubber acquires Crismo Engineering and moves the company to adjoining units on Edison Road. Crismo now forms the basis of Clifton Rubber’s engineering capability for toolmaking and general precision engineering support.
Clifton Rubber acquires KRC quality mouldings a trade moulder of small moulded parts located close to Clifton Rubber. KRC is now part of Clifton Rubber’s rubber moulding unit producing medium volume small moulded parts, KRC occupies units on Edison road next to the original Clifton Rubber units.
Clifton Rubber acquires part of Cromwell Rubber moving the assets to their site on Edison Road in St Ives. The acquisition brings valuable assets in the form of new moulding plant and a works manager with vast technical moulding experience.
Clifton Rubber invests in a new polyurethane moulding business unit to complement their existing rubber processing resources.
At the age of 27 Ben Burton joins the family business.
Clifton Rubber acquires 55,000 sq ft industrial unit on the St Ives Industrial Estate with the aim of moving all business units to one premises by 2018.
At Clifton Rubber we take our responsibility for Quality, Health & Safety and the Environment very seriously and we are fully committed to delivering a continually improving performance across our operations. We continually strive to meet and where practicable exceed our Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality performance targets in order to satisfy the requirements of all our stakeholders.
It is the declared policy of this company to achieve and maintain the highest possible standards of quality for products and services supplied to our customers.
We maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our employees and others who may be affected by our activities.
We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our operations on all stakeholders and ensuring the environmental integrity of our activities.