Crepe rubber

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Latex collection from a rubber tree

Crepe rubber is coagulated latex that is rolled out in crinkled sheets and commonly used to make soles for shoes and boots but also a raw material for further processed rubber products.


Colloidal latex is first mixed with formic acid to cause it to coagulate. The coagulum is processed in a "creping battery", a series of machines that crush, press and roll the coagula. The sheets are hung in a heated drying shed and then sorted by grade and packed for shipping.


There are several types and grades of rubber crepe, mainly distinguished by the grade and pre-processing of the latex used in their manufacture.[1]

  • Pale latex crepe (PLC) is a premium grade, made from raw field latex.
  • Estate brown crepe (EBC) is made from "cup lump" (raw, naturally coagulated rubber from the collection cup) and other coagulum.
  • Re-milled crepe is made from "wet slab coagulum" (cured latex, still wet from the coagulation tanks), latex sheets (unsmoked) and cup lump.
  • Smoked blanket crepe is made from thick sheets of latex that have been processed in a smoker.
  • Flat bark crepe is made from scraps and other poor quality raw product.



  1. ^ Cecil, John; Mitchell, Peter; Diemer, Per; Griffee, Peter (2013). "Processing of Natural Rubber, Manufacture of Latex-Grade Crepe Rubber". FAO, Agricultural and Food Engineering Technologies Service. Retrieved March 19, 2013.