CR neoprene (chloroprene rubber neoprene)
Chloroprene rubber, CR or Polychloroprene is commonly known in the wetsuit industry as CR neoprene. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber produced by polymerization of chloroprene. It is an artificially made polymer acting as an elastomer. It has similar characteristics to natural rubber, but is far easier to produce on a larger scale. Chloroprene rubber exhibits good chemical stability, and maintains flexibility over a wide temperature range. We know neoprene as the main ingredient of wetsuits, but in different grades it can also be used in products such as laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces, electrical insulation, liquid and sheet applied elastomeric membranes and in the automotive industry in products such as fan belts. CR neoprene can be made out of oil, which is harmful for the environment. Instead, some manufacturers use a more high-end type of CR rubber foam that is limestone based instead of oil based. This has far less impact on the environment.
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