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Hermetic Rubber Co

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1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.
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of Hermetic Works, Ryland Street, Birmingham, 16. Telephone: Edgbaston 2342. Cables: "Hermetic, Birmingham". (1929 and 1937)

1895 Hermetic Rubber began manufacturing precision rubber products.

Originally Hermetic was named the Self Sealing Air Chamber Co, manufacturing the products its name suggested.

1900-1940s Sometime in this period they were makers of horns, bulbs and rubber tubing.

1928 Patent - Improvements in cricket or like balls.

1929 British Industries Fair Advert for the 'Hermetic' Cricket and Hockey Ball. Patented and constructed of best rubber-proofed fabric to standard size, weight and resilience. Also moulded Rubber Goods of all kinds for sports and general trades. (Sports Goods Section - Stand No. B.48) [1]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Moulded and Mechanical Rubber Goods of every description. Hoses of all descriptions. Rubber Road Studs for Pedestrian crossings. "Hermetic" Flexible Couplings. "Hermetic" Mud and Stone Deflectors. (Stand No. B.313) [2]

1939 Patent - Improvements in or relating to rubber and like buffers.

1972 The company became an investment holding company called Centreway Securities; acquired S. Edge and Son, footwear manufacturers, from the Neville Group.[3]

1986 Centreway Industries sold Hermetic Rubber Co for cash.[4]


  • The company has its own website: [1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 150; and p79
  2. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 374
  3. The Times, Jul 17, 1972
  4. The Times, September 30, 1986
  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
  • [2] Wikipatents
  • [3] Wikipatents