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About Rubber Division, ACS

The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society is an international association of chemists, engineers, technicians, scientists, plant managers, sales and marketing professionals and others in the rubber, polymer or related fields within industry, academia and government. We enhance science, technology and business across the evolving elastomeric community through working to expand the elastomeric profession and individual development through educational, technical and interactive activities. Rubber Division, ACS is over 100 years old!

Our Vision

Enhancing science, technology and business across the evolving elastomeric community.

Our Mission

To promote and advance the evolution of the global elastomeric profession and its relevance to society.

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Our Antitrust Statement

The Rubber Division, ACS, is a professional society of members who function as individuals and not as agents or representatives of any organization with which they may be associated. It is the strict policy of the Division, in all its meetings, to adhere to its objective to promote the education, professional growth and betterment of those individuals associated with the rubber and associated industries. This policy is essential to avoid violating federal and state antitrust laws. It is the policy of the Rubber Division and its members not to:

  1. Illegally agree or conspire to take any action that constitutes price fixing, or to discuss, consider or debate prices and production costs, production targets, market allocation or division
  2. Illegally agree or conspire to take action or engage in discussion relating to the boycott, refusal to deal with, or exclusion of competitors
  3. Illegally agree or conspire to improperly set or discuss standards or codes or ethics that unreasonably inhibit or restrict competition
  4. Not to engage in or discuss any other subject prohibited by the antitrust laws. If there are any violations of this policy, the offending member will be ruled out of order immediately and appropriately disciplined if necessary, and any action taken in violation of this policy immediately will be null and void, and a record minute will be made to that effect.

Interesting Rubber Division, ACS Facts:

  • Rubber Division, ACS originated as the India Rubber Section of The American Chemical Society in 1909, achieving Division status in 1919 and incorporating in 1963. Rubber Division, ACS is one of 34 divisions of the American Chemical Society. It has been headquartered in Akron, Ohio since 1909.
  • Rubber Division, ACS is composed of 14 Subdivisions called Rubber Groups located throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Division has increased its outreach via affiliations with three technical organizations (Canadian Society of Chemistry, India Rubber Institute and Brazilian Association of Rubber Technology) and continues to pursue new opportunities worldwide.
  • Rubber Division, ACS has published one of the most highly respected and cited rubber science journals since 1928 - Rubber Chemistry and Technology.
  • Rubber Division, ACS presents an annual International Elastomer Conference in October, which features a technical meeting, exposition, educational symposium and much more. This event attracts about 5,000 attendees on odd numbered years and over 2,500 on even numbered years.
  • Rubber Division, ACS maintains a one-of-the-kind library devoted to rubber and polymer science. The John H. Gifford Library is located on The University of Akron campus and contains one of the largest collections of rubber related material in the world.
  • Rubber Division, ACS supports scholarship at the collegiate and professional level. The Division annually awards over $12,000 in scholarships to students and those currently working in the rubber industry. The Division has student chapters at colleges in the United States.
  • Rubber Division, ACS serves as a global resource in education, science, technology and business related information and programs.
  • Rubber Division, ACS serves as a focal point for interaction and networking opportunities as well as the introduction of new technologies within the rubber and plastics industries, through its conferences, expositions, specialty conferences and technical meetings.
  • Rubber Division, ACS awards the Charles Goodyear Medal to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of rubber science and technology throughout their lifetime. This award, plus five other prestigious rubber science and technology awards, are presented annually at a Science and Technology Awards Ceremony.