VIP have been awarded a silver Ecovadis award for 2023


ECOVADIS Silver Award

Ecovadis have awarded VIP with a silver award for 2023

In 2022 VIP were awarded a Ecovadis bronze award. The Quality and Systems team completed VIPs 2023 Ecovadis submission in March 2023. Our submission has been assessed, and this year, due to implemented improvements, we received a silver award, placing VIP among the top 25 per cent of companies assessed by Ecovadis.

With increased customer demand for transparency, an environmental, societal governance rating is a valuable tool to show an organisation’s commitment to sustainability and ongoing development.

What does it mean for VIP-Polymers?

The assessment shows VIP-Polymers their strengths and areas of opportunity, helping us focus on how to make valuable improvements. It also provides our existing and potential customers with a transparent reflection of our sustainability initiatives.

Since its founding in 2007, EcoVadis has grown to become the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, creating a global network of more than 100,000+ rated companies.

Sustainability Requirements are Expanding.  Are You Prepared?

Environmental, social, and ethical performance – or Sustainability – is an essential factor for smart business today. More and more companies, including your trading partners, are under immense pressure to improve their transparency and sustainability practices, and this includes the sustainability of their trading partners (you).

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End of Year Message

VIP Christmas

What a year 2022 has been; just when we believed life was getting back to normal after COVID, we have one month of rest-bite before the whole world gets turned upside down due to the conflict in Ukraine, which had some considerable knock-on effects.

It’s safe to say that as a country, we rely a lot on the efforts of other countries; the shortage of raw materials needed to produce rubber has been challenging; add to this, the increase in energy costs it’s been a difficult juggling act. We are now battling record-breaking inflation and the prospect of a tough recession, all of which are hitting each of us, not just here in the UK but worldwide. The UK Government was in turmoil for most of the year, with in-house fighting, coos, resignations (some sooner than expected), scandal and more.

Difficult times bring on some of the most significant changes; as the end of the year approaches, VIP-Polymers are getting ready to celebrate its 100th year. When you look back in the history books, VIP-Polymers have been through many ups and downs with Wars, Recessions, The joining of the EU & BREXIT, Changes in Governments, Laws, New Monarchs, Pandemics the list is endless. However, we have come through all these changes as a company and are still here to tell our story.

It’s pretty evident that as a business VIP have to look outside the box during these difficult times, which is not a wrong move as it allows the company to look at new ways to become more efficient, reduce energy cost, and reduce waste all while making sure we keep and improve on our ongoing commitment to you our customers in terms of support, development of new products, guidance and so on.

You may have seen our recent update regarding the significant investment of 3 new Maplan Rapid+460 Injection moulding machines, and the benefits these will have. Of course, there is also the ongoing updating/improvement of our current production lines to become more efficient and increase production capabilities.

We are also continuing to reduce our overall carbon footprint. Out of the 9 Company cars currently on the books, over half of these are EV/Hybrid, with 3 being full EVs. The vehicles that are still Petrol/Diesel models are due to be changed alongside the Hybrid models. Still, global car manufacturing industry delays are being seen due to difficulties in obtaining components. By QTR4, at the latest, all colleagues will have access to their new EV cars, meaning that the entire EV fleet of company cars will help reduce the company’s Carbon footprint substantially.

We are also increasing our In-House design, testing & development to look at new product lines and development of current products for our existing and new & emerging markets.

We want to thank all our Customers, suppliers, colleagues, and their families for their continued support throughout 2022; we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to celebrating our 100th year together in 2023.

We have taken delivery of 3 new machines…

Maplan Rapid+460

Earlier this year, VIP-Polymers decided to invest in increasing production capacity, whilst reducing energy costs.

An order was placed with MAPLAN for 3 state-of-the-art RAPID+460 Automated Injection Moulding Machines.

As with most things these past 12 months, there were delays due to delays in components/materials needed to manufacture these machines, but VIP is pleased to announce that they have taken delivery of the new machines.

Not the most ideal days to take delivery, after a heavy snowfall Sunday evening and below-freezing temperatures for unloading 3 trucks first thing on a Monday morning.  With the snow cleared to allow access for the Crane and trucks the job of unloading was underway.

The machines are now in situ, in a brand new production cell in the factory, installed and ready for setting up and calibration in the new year, ready to run full production by the end of January.

This is a great way to start VIP’s 100th Year.

Happy Retirement

KEVIN Retirement

We bid a fond farewell after 31 years of service.

From all, at VIP-Polymers we would like to wish Kevin a very happy retirement and thank him for the many years of service that he has given to the company.

Kevin joined VIP back on the 5th August 1991 as a Shift Supervisor and role which he continued until April 1999 when he took up the role of Production Schedule Controller where he remained until his retirement.

Kevin has been a huge asset to the company and to the Production team and will be missed.  We wish Kevin a happy and well deserved retirement.

Investing in the future.

VIP Investing in the Future

VIP-Polymers are close to celebrating 100 years of manufacturing rubber seals, gaskets, and flexible couplings. Established in the UK back in 1923 VIP-Polymers there have been some huge changes in the industry which have meant that the company have had to adapt and develop to continue being a leader in the industry. The main thing to take note of is its British heritage and manufacturing has been at the core of the business and will continue to do so.

In the past 12 months, VIP-Polymers have invested heavily in the development and future-proofing of the company allowing them to continue being one of the leading rubber gaskets, seals, and flexible coupling manufacturers in the market.

The investment has been across all aspects of the company not just in new machinery but also in staff, product lines and more.

A program of updating the current machinery is already underway, with new machines being added to the factory floor, to either help increase production capacity, or streamline the production process.

The VIPSeal® Brand has also seen some major changes in the past 6 months with the addition of Jon Hunt and Lee Davies working alongside John Atkinson as area sales managers for the whole of the UK. With the increase in sales managers, the company has been able to split the areas into much more manageable journeys allowing the sales team to spend more time developing existing and new relationships in their local areas with merchants and distributors alike.

Another major part of the future of VIP-Polymers is how to reduce its carbon footprint and become a more sustainable business. This is difficult when your whole business revolves around the manufacturing of rubber products, but steps have already been put into place to help reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and a 5-year action plan has already been implemented.

One of the initial changes was replacing all the old lighting in the factory with new low-energy LED lighting, this has not only reduced electricity usage but has made for a lighter environment for the workforce.

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The company has already taken delivery of two new Full EV cars, and it is expected that by QTR3 2023 all company cars run by VIP-Polymers will be fully electric, this includes the VIPSeal Sales team who travel right across the UK daily. In anticipation of the increase in EV vehicles 4 charging ports have been installed outside the factory and offices.



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VIP-Polymers in-house laboratory team are constantly pushing the boundaries of rubber compounds, and one of the main objectives for the team is to look at new compounds that are more sustainable, and easy to recycle, but still offer the same high standards that are needed and expected of from seals, couplings, and gaskets.

VIP-Polymers are proud to be 100% British Owned and funded with all research, design, development, and manufacturing being completed at their Cambridgeshire headquarters.

To learn more about the company – / / / +44(0)1480 411 333

Exciting Changes for the VIPSeal® Team


We are excited to announce that the VIPSeal® team has grown, John Atkinson has now been joined by Lee Davies and Jon Hunt to bolster our growing sales team.

With the introduction of Lee and Jon, we have also had a look at the areas each of the team will manageVIPSeal Regions

VIPSeal Area Sales Manager Regions

John Atkinson

John Atkinson will now be looking after our AREA1 Region covering the following postcodes/areas


Lee Davies

Lee Davies will be looking after AREA2 which covers


Jon Hunt

Jon Hunt will be managing AREA3 which covers


So what does this mean for you?  

Essentially splitting the areas into postcodes allows us to focus on spending more time developing meaningful and lasting relationships with current and new customers.

Being able to work in smaller regions means we can get around to see more of you, more frequently so any stock requirements or issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Supporting our sales managers back at the offices are Kim Turner our Customer Service Manager and Robert Ibbetson – Customer Services VIPSeal®

For more information or to discuss any requirements, you can contact us on the below contact details.

John Atkinson –

Lee Davies –

Jon Hunt –

Sales –  – +44(0)800 334 5547

Orders –

IFAT 2022 – May 30th – June 3rd



After 4 years, IFAT is back, and VIP-Polymers are excited to be exhibiting once again.

We will be exhibiting our full range of VIPSeal Products including our new VIPSeal Plumbing range, alongside our latest innovation the VIP-TYTON SIT VIPER Seals and VIP-Weco Trenchless repair seals.


We would like to invite you to meet the team, have a chat and learn more about of range of products – we will be in Hall B3 stand 110.  Contact our sales team or your VIP Contact for further information about IFAT 2022 or to arrange a meeting with our team.

We look forward to welcoming you to IFAT.


Another Step to Net Carbon Zero – Sustainable Packaging


Reducing Waste using sustainable packaging!

In a move to reduce VIP Polymers Carbon footprint, the company have invested in heavy-duty, reusable sustainable shipping crates, as a trial to remove the need for Cardboard packaging and plastic wrap.

The increased cost / initial outlay for these shipping crates is balanced out by the numerous benefits they offer to both VIP Polymers and the client.

Being a modular design, each crate is stored flat, meaning there is no additional space needed to store the cartons when not in use.  Stacked flat these cartons take up the same floor space as the same number of regular pallets.

The robust design of these crates allows for regular reuse with minimum fear of collapse or damage to the packaging during inclement weather unlike the use of cardboard.

Once built up, each of the crates can be stacked securely allowing for easy storage and movement of multiple pallets at any given time.  Being rigid there is another key benefit which is the fact there is less likelihood of damaged goods in transit/storage, which has always been an issue and is a key area which as a company we are looking to reduce/eradicate.

A benefit to the customer that has become apparent during the winter months is the ability to unload the crates and leave them outside whilst warehouse staff work to create space for the shipment.  This is something that just can’t be done with the current cardboard cartons, which once damp lose their integrity and ability to store neatly.

The plan for VIP Polymers is to trial this with several key accounts, where we are delivering orders weekly, which allows for stocked crates to be delivered and flat packed used crates to be collected ready to be reused for the next shipment.  Should these trials prove positive and the feedback we receive not only from the customer but also the transport company and internally with our warehouse and production team is all positive, VIP Polymers will look to invest in more

By reducing the use of single-use cardboard, that once delivered to the customer has no way to be traced in terms of the recycling process and less reliance on pallet wrap to secure each pallet, along with the reduction in damage in transit claims we hope that this small change can have a larger impact into the overall goal to become Net Carbon Zero.

Learn more about our change to EV Company Cars and The changes to the factory lighting.

A move to 100% EV Company Cars


The Future is EV and for a good reason!

Company Cars are VIP’s biggest producer of carbon, far exceeding almost all other aspects of the company, in the past 5 years VIP Polymers have been moving away from the standard Diesel and Petrol company cars and replacing these with Plugin Hybrids to help reduce our Carbon Footprint.

Recently the company took a commercial decision to phase out all Diesel, Petrol and Hybrid company vehicles and replace them with 100% EV carbon-neutral models.

The first of the changes happened at the end of November when we replaced a VW Passat Plug-In Hybrid with the lasted generation of the BMW iX3 100% EV producing 0g/KM emissions.

Over the next 12 months, further cars will be replaced with fully electric models when their contracts end.  Future-proofing this move we have added 4 EV charging points and marked these out for the use of Electric vehicles only.



The reason for this commercial decision is to help half the Carbon footprint of the company cars over the next 5 years this is in line with a number of other changes which have already been implemented and changes that are in development.

For further information regards our Carbon Footprint and how we are looking to reduce our impact on the environment contact the QEHS team or speak to your sales contact.

VIP Polymers are proud to announce that they have recently achieved the latest stringent approvals for its moulding compounds to be used within the drinking water network.

More importantly, VIP Polymers have done so before the major changes which have been implemented by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umwelt Bundesamt) regarding any product used for potable water usage.

Potable Water

As VIP Polymers sells its products for use in Potable Water applications across Europe and worldwide there are many standards and approvals such as UK WRAS *, French ACS, Australian Watermark and German W270/KTW which are ever-changing that must be met.

The German water approval standards are undergoing huge changes which aim to increase the quality of their water supply to benefit the end-users and the environment.  The main part of this change that affects VIP Polymers is that of the rubber compound and the raw materials that go into the making of this.    As part of their ongoing improvements, they have summarised a list of changes based around the raw materials into what is currently known as Positive List 1 with the Umwelt Bundesamt Elastomer Guideline.

Part of these changes relates to the use of a common filler used in the manufacturing of rubber compounds known as Carbon black, which helps reinforce the rubber.  This process of using Carbon Black produces potentially harmful bi-products known as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH’s).  The new regulations require that the level of PAH’s used within the Carbon Black be at a lower level, to reduce the risk of PAH’s leeching into the consumer’s water network.

  • Umwelt Bundesamt (UBA)
    Umwelt Bundesamt (UBA)
    Recent changes in the scrutiny of what raw materials are used by the UBA has meant that VIP Polymers have had to adapt to the changes to achieve approval to continue supplying into the German market
  • An example of a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon
  • Time Line
    Time Line
    Summary of timeline for transition to new regulation of elastomer guideline used for the german water approval system

The company has had to adapt to these changes to meet the recent renewals.  This has involved devising, testing and implementing new higher quality formulas which have then been tested externally and have met the following standards.

  • French ACS
  • German W270
  • Australian Watermark

A full list of all current standards which have been met can be found here

Gaining these approvals now has come at a perfect time especially when it comes to the German approvals.

At the end of 2021, anyone who has achieved these standards prior to these changes being made will have their test certificates invalidated.  As VIP Polymers has now met the rigorous criteria, it means that all of the products manufactured now meet the latest standards and can be freely supplied to the German market.

For further information about this or any other enquiries please contact VIP Polymers on +44 (0)1480 411333 or email