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For the adhesive tape called Durex, see 3M.
Durex logo.svg
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A box of Durex Fetherlite condoms
Owner Reckitt Benckiser
Country United Kingdom
Introduced 1915; 100 years ago (1915)
Previous owners SSL International
Website Durex.com

Durex is the trademarked name for a range of condoms that were made by United Kingdom-based SSL International. This company was sold to Reckitt Benckiser in July 2010.


The name, which the London Rubber Company trademarked in 1929, is an abbreviation of "Durability, Reliability, and Excellence", though some people mistake it as being "Durable Latex".[1]

Durex condoms represent around one quarter of the global market for prophylactic sheaths, manufacturing around one billion units per year in 17 factories worldwide.[citation needed] The Durex range includes nine varieties of latex condom, including the Sheik and Ramses brands popular for decades in North America,[2] and the Avanti condom, the first male condom made from polyurethane. Polyurethane condoms do not suffer from "latex rot", and are suited for users who have a latex allergy.

Durex condoms was declared the runner-up of the most account sales of condoms in the United States, with Trojan condoms being no. 1.[3]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Although they were not an official sponsor of the Olympic Games, Durex provided 150,000 free condoms to more than 10,000 athletes that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. [4]


  1. ^ "Durex". Durex, the Most Popular Condom Brand in the World. 27 October 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "First plastic condom for men becomes available next year". 14 October 1993. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "What's the best-selling condom in America?". By Brendan I. Koerner - Slate Magazine. 29 September 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  4. ^ Boyle, Matthew. "Top Secret: Durex's Olympic Condoms" Bloomberg Businessweek Retrieved on 20 April 2012

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