Techneopro – the largest UK neoprene supplier
At Techneopro, we have a long history of working with neoprene and we are one of the UK’s largest importers and the largest UK neoprene supplier. We hold thousands of sheets of neoprene in stock with dozens of combinations of properties so we’ve probably got something that will meet your needs. If you’re ordering from the UK it’s possible to receive it the very next day! However, if we haven’t got it, we can get it.
We’re often asked for a swatch book of the neoprene we stock at Techneopro. This would be a huge book and most of it wouldn’t be suitable for your application. Instead, we much prefer to have a chat with you to understand the properties you require of the neoprene and its final application and then we can advise you on the best options. We’re happy to send out a small sample or two first so you can see and feel the material and work out what’s best for you. Give us a call or email and we’ll be happy to help.
What is Neoprene?
Neoprene or Polychloroprene to give it its proper title is a type of synthetic rubber which was created in the 1930s by chemical research specialists DuPont. Thanks to its versatility, durability and flexibility, it has a massive range of uses. It is a unique and versatile material which means it is used in all sorts of applications. It does not get degraded by the sun, water or wind and varieties can even be flame retardant.
Neoprene can also be screen printed onto as well as sewn and glued together. Vinyl transfers can also be applied to it, enabling products to become truly unique.
What is neoprene used for?
Neoprene is used in more products than you may think, and in actual fact you probably interact with it on a daily basis. Neoprene most often comes in foam sheets which can be used for various applications, including wetsuits, medical supports, phone cases, animal care, the automotive world; the only limitation is your creativity! It resists stretching out of shape and is water resistant, so it can be worn for long periods of time and during vigorous activity.
Types of Neoprene – a dissection of neoprene
There are various properties of neoprene and it’s best to think about them in the three key parts of its structure; the core, and the two linings (face and reverse).
Sponge Neoprene Core – The neoprene core is in simple terms, the spongy bit in the middle. Techneopro specialises in sponge neoprene rather than solid neoprene. Sponge neoprene is basically lots of tiny bubbles of air trapped in rubber. The core can have varying densities altering the weight of the neoprene, its stretch and its durability. At Techneopro we typically use a grade of neoprene core called “W8” which is a high-quality neoprene suitable for demanding applications which is suitable for users to wear if required. The core is available in various thicknesses. At Techneopro we stock neoprene from 1mm up to 7mm.
Aeroprene; perforated core – The insulating properties of neoprene can sometimes be more than you need and it may be beneficial to have some breathability in the material. This is achieved by simply having lots of holes or perforations in the core to aid air flow. This is particularly useful for things like medical supports where you require the support from neoprene but don’t want to sweat whilst wearing it.
Single Lined Neoprene – A neoprene without any lining at all will be incredibly stretchy but it will have little strength and could tear. During the manufacturing process, linings are added to the neoprene sponge core to change its properties. Linings on a single lined neoprene are often very stretchy material to maintain as much of the original stretch as possible but the choice is up to you.
Slick or Textured surfaces – On the opposite side to a single lining will be the exposed sponge neoprene core. The properties of this can be altered to achieve a number of different requirements. It can simply be smooth, or it can be slick creating an almost slippery finish often used when creating seals on the wrist and necks of dive suits. In contrast, the surface can be embossed giving it a textured finish. This is ideal for creating a surface this has grip and won’t slide or could hold something inside without it slipping out.
Double lined neoprene – A neoprene that has a lining on both the face and the reverse is simply called, doubled lined. This is typically used when a more durable neoprene is required. The linings can vary massively and provides a huge amount of versatility to what can ultimately be created. The linings can be made from various materials but typically nylon and polyester are used.
Velcro-receptive neoprene – These linings are really useful for creating something that needs to be fixed in place using Velcro hook. If you need to create a sleeve or a protective wrap, this is the way to do it.
Antibacterial neoprene – it is possible to treat the lining of neoprene so it has an antibacterial property. The fabric linings are processed using AEGIS Microbe Shield®. This is ideal for medical supports where the user may be wearing the neoprene for an extended period of time and the control of any secondary infection is required.
Bioprene - reduced environmental impact
Traditionally the neoprene core has been made with petrochemical (oil) based raw materials. However, in recent years there has been an increasing range of neoprene available that have been derived from plant-based materials and sea shells, a by-product of the shell food industry. These recently created neoprene types share the same properties of traditional neoprene but have a significantly reduced impact on the environment. At Techneopro we source “Bioprene” from our supplier in the far east which includes the very latest in the range, “BIO-II Sponge”.
Recycled linings for neoprene – It is possible to have a recycled lining on your neoprene sponge core. If you’re looking for product which has a reduced impact on the environment then this is the choice for you.
Postage and delivery charges
If your order is in stock, it will usually be dispatched the next working day (after payment has been received). Large orders will be sent via our courier DPD using a Next Day Delivery Service and smaller orders of five or less sheets will be sent via Parcel Force. We do this to get you the best shipping prices for the size and weight of your order.
We can deliver to addresses within the United Kingdom with a valid postcode although for deliveries to non-mainland UK addresses and certain remote locations e.g. Scottish Isles, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands, Channel Islands may be subject to an additional delivery charge and have a slightly longer delivery lead time.
Delivery charges start from £16.50 and are dependent upon the number of sheets and weight of the rolls.
Storing your neoprene
Neoprene is a sponge and has a memory, so any compression marks are not likely to recover and the rubber will be damaged.
It is essential that ALL neoprene is either stored on:
- Pallets (preferred)- flat sheets should be stacked onto a pallet, with no other objects able to make impressions on the neoprene
- Rolled and placed on racks – rolled neatly onto cores with no folds. The rolls should NEVER be stored on its end as this will result in wrinkle damage to the end of the sheets and will be permanent.