ARL Consulting

How we started!

ARL Consultants Ltd (formerly Adams Racing Limited, ARL) was originally set up by Richard Adams, who has worked in various technical management roles for Avon Tyres, 3M (Europe) and Avon Automotive (Europe). His own research and product development Company was the natural way forward after winning a research & development grant from the UK government in 2004. With this grant ARL started to develop a new unique closed cell expanded ‘sponge’/‘foam’ rubber technology. In November 2006 ARL moved into its own development facility in Holt (Wiltshire) which included some rubber manufacturing equipment together with some specialist testing equipment.

The newly developed ‘closed cell expanded rubber’ technology was first applied to the manufacture of remote controlled model racing car tyres. These Gecko® tyres helped drivers win the 1/8th Stock Car Oval World championship title in successive years.

Following this first application, be it in a limited niche market, ARL Consultants Ltd could see potential for the technology well beyond RC car tyres and is now introducing the technology into more significant applications such as large tyre, vibration management or bonded seal applications where we can utilize the excellent blend of properties these materials possess.

ARL Consultants Ltd now possess a wide ranging experience in the manufacture of rubber and thermoplastic materials and within the last ten years has focussed on closed cell expanded rubber material & product development which has given rise to the ‘Gecko® E R expanded rubber and bonding technology’.

EIN-SW was recommended to Richard Adams via a contact from the SW-MAS group. Richard has been introduced to the new automotive cluster which met at “Bristol & Bath Science Park” addition to a number of ‘very interesting and very useful meetings with other small innovative companies from the South West region’ said Richard ‘These have provided an excellent opportunity to meet people in our area with some very good and complementary technologies to our own where we can sometimes either help them using our own experiences or possibly even introduce our own expanded rubber and bonding technology into one or two completely new developments. I’m sure the contacts already formed will turn out to be very useful to the future of ARL Consultants Ltd

Gecko® Expanded Rubber is a new range of closed cell rubber materials that are manufactured in a proprietary process that offer outstanding physical properties for a cellular rubber material. They are available in hardness ranging from 5 shore A up to 70 shore A. It can also be moulded in thicknesses up to 75mm with consistent properties throughout the article. A key characteristic of these materials is the ability to produce extremely strong and durable bonds to a wide range of substrates using our own unique Gecko® ER bonding system. These bonds will last the life of most parts e.g. in 10 years under bonnet and so usually outperform other known cellular rubber bonding systems such as pressure sensitive, contact, cyanoacrylate, hot melt and structural adhesives.

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