Expert Support throughout the Product Lifecycle

Smithers provides independent rubber and plastic materials analysis to clients operating in a wide range of industries. Our analytical services can be commissioned individually or as part of a more extensive consulting project. 

We help clients understand, manage and improve the performance of their materials and products using a range of analytical techniques together with expert interpretation of results, guidance and advice. Our skilled chemical analysis team will work with you to understand your needs and recommend or develop an appropriate test program. There are very few requests we would consider to be routine – each request is in some way unique and is treated with the sensitivity and confidentiality it deserves.

Our end-to-end product lifecycle support includes:

  • Identification of raw materials
  • Quality control of incoming materials and finished product (including contamination analysis, material characterization, failure diagnosis)
  • Polymer molecular weight characterization
  • Finished product testing
  • Compliance with regulatory standards
  • Composition of recycled materials
  • Measurement of extractables and leachables
  • Expert witness service
  • Method development and validation

We offer a range of techniques that examine the chemical and physical properties of numerous materials and compounds:

  • Base polymers: elastomers, plastics, and natural polymers
  • Compounds: rubber, thermoplastics, and thermosetting formulations
  • Additives: anti-degradants, anti-oxidants, curatives, extenders, fillers and plasticizers
  • Products: adhesives, coatings, composites, inks, lacquers, laminates, plastisols

The Smithers chemical analysis team works with clients in a range of industries including: automotive, tireconstruction, consumer products, materials recycling, medical device, packaging, petroleum, pharmaceutical, and rubber manufacturing industries.