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Wellington Rubber Company Ltd., Established in 1936

History of Wellington Rubber Company Ltd.

Wellington Rubber Company (WRC) was founded by Mr Henry Lawrence (Laurie) Birkett in 1936. The original business was the collection of used tyre casings that he sold to retreaders. In 1939 this business was seen as vital to the war effort and Wellington Rubber Company blossomed.

By the early 60's the market was changing so WRC decided to concentrate on waste rubber. This was mainly in the form of Buffings. (Buffings are generated when truck tyres are retreaded. The old tread is buffed off hence the term buffings). These buffings are then processed by sieving them into various fractions or are sold to other processors.

In 1999 Mr David Birkett (son of Laurie) was considering his own retirement and Wellington Rubber Company was sold to J. Allcock & Sons and relocated from Leeds to Manchester.

Today WRC continues to be an industry leader in the processing of tyre tread buffings to the highest quality, gaining the internationally recognised ISO 9001 for quality which WRC has held for over a decade.

WRC are always interested in new sources of Buffings and granules of all types.