EPDM was one of the successful synthetic innovations of the 20th century. Ever since it’s discovery, rubber had been a mainstay of the world economy. So many products used natural rubber that it was impossible not to come across one on any given day. However, despite the strengths of natural rubber, it could not keep up with the increasingly complex and demanding industrial needs of manufacturers around the world. It was not long before manufacturers realized that they needed a UV-resistant rubber, something that could be used outdoors for extended periods of time without degrading under UV rays the way natural rubber did.
The answer eventually came in the form of ethylene propylene rubber, properly known in chemical terms as ethylene propylene diene monomer. EPDM rubber was developed in the early 1960s as companies and chemists set out to produce unique synthetic elastomers. After it’s first initial discovery, the DuPont chemical company was the first to refine the rubber into the product that we know today. These days, an increasing number of industries use EPDM rubber in products that need both elasticity and UV and ozone resistances. EPDM’s resistance to weathering is the material’s defining feature that sets it apart from most other elastomers.