Derby Rubber opens in Adelaide

Specialty rubber manufacturer Derby Rubber has relocated its head office to Wingfield in Port Adelaide where it was welcomed in a ceremony with local dignitaries.

Managing Director Stephen Sheppard and General Manager Michael Clayton hosted Premier Steven Marshall, trade minister David Ridgway and the Mayor City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Claire Boan.

The state has been working with Derby Rubber since 2016 to smooth their move to Wingfield in South Australia, with the company continuing to operate in Sydney and Amsterdam.

The company began in the automotive business manufacturing engine mountings and radiator hoses.

It has made window seals for the Sydney Opera House, and now makes highly technical natural and specialty rubber extrusions and mouldings for severe, critical or demanding applications,

About 40 per cent of production is exported to Europe, the US and Asia including ballast regulator brooms for rail track, cool room door seals, traffic counter tube, railcar door seals, waste compactor seals, street sweeper brushes and marine and truck fenders.

Its chemists also compound extreme corrosion and abrasion resistant products for mining and ore processing sectors.

Boan told the gathering: “I’d like to welcome the Derby Rubber team to the City of PAE and wish them great success as their business continues to grow from their new home base in our city.”

Pictures: Claire Boan/main at centre: Steven Marshall, Claire Boan, David Ridgway

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