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.

Earlier this year VIP-Polymers created two new positions in the engineering/development/QC department and bought in Ali and Owen – who graduated from Nottingham University last year, to help modernise and develop the department, bringing in new ideas and expertise that have already proved invaluable to the company and aiding the streamlining of the development process.

Bolstering the Engineering/Development team Dominic Taylor was bought on board as a Technical Sales Engineer, to help with the testing and approval processes of current and new product ranges. With over a decade of experience, working on the installation side of drainage and tunnels, Dominic brings a wealth of knowledge to the company and allows for a quicker route to market with new products, that prior to this would have meant using external specialists with long lead-times.


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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 – www.vip-polymers.com / www.vipseal.co.uk / sales@vip-polymers.com / +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 – john.atkinson@vip-polymers.com

Lee Davies – lee.davies@vip-polymers.com

Jon Hunt – jon.hunt@vip-polymers.com

Sales – sales@vipseal.co.uk  – +44(0)800 334 5547

Orders – orders@vip-polymers.com

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 info@vip-polymers.com

Marcus achieves Chartered Chemist qualification

VIP Polymers resident chemist, Marcus Harrison, was awarded Charted Chemist status from the Royal Society of Chemistry last month. This accolade was not without its work and patience, the 3-year journey saw Marcus climb up the membership ranks in the Royal Society of Chemistry before undergoing a specialised program to achieve his chartered status.

The now, CChem had to prove his personal development at with a portfolio of evidence which had to meet certain criteria, including proof of experience and essays. He was then analysed by a panel of experts which saw him interviewed and critiqued on his understanding of his field.

This newly obtained status not only means that Marcus has a new title to his name, but it also gives VIP Polymers’ customers confidence in the compound they are producing and the research and development that goes into every product VIP Polymers manufactures. The fact VIP has their own laboratory team, which Marcus manages, sets them apart from the competition and gives them a unique selling point as they have the expertise and capacity to tailor compounds to customer needs and project specifications.

Having worked for VIP Polymers for 5 years, Marcus has gone from strength to strength within this career and he has no plans to slow down. He is now working towards being a Charted Environmentalist, another lengthy process which will test his experience and knowledge.  This will also expand VIP’s ability to be more sustainable from an environmental point of view. For now, he will focus on his work and getting the best results out the products whilst maintaining his chartered status and working towards new ones.

VIP Polymers congratulates Marcus on his achievement and hopes to continue supporting his, and every employee, with their professional development in order to broaden their knowledge and give the company a competitive industry edge.

To learn more about the process to achieve Chartered Chemist status from the Royal Society of Chemistry click here.

Click here to contact us about any enquiry you have, we are always happy to help.


VIP bring innovation to the USA

VIP-Polymers Ltd is bringing innovation to the upcoming RETC2019 exhibition which runs 16th-19th June with their patented Cast-in tunnel segment gaskets.

The compliant compressible corner technology has been used on a number of tunnelling projects since its launch in 2016, the most recent being the Thames Tideway wastewater tunnel in London, UK and has recently achieved nuclear compliance for the intake and outfall tunnels on the Hinckley Point C nuclear power station, also located in the UK.

The innovative design delivers consistent load performance along the entire perimeter of the gasket, greatly reducing risk of segment cracking during installation.

Matthew Levitt, VIP Technical Business Development Manager, said: “Our decision to enter the tunnelling market was driven by the desire to improve on common gasket manufacturing processes that created solid gasket corners which lead to corner point loading, often the cause of cracked and damaged segments.

“RETC2019 is the first time VIP have exhibited in the USA since WTC2016 prior to its launch and is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate to tunnelling professionals in the USA how the technology works and the benefits it can bring in terms of reducing the need for post installation repairs and the associated costs and delays they can bring.”

Along with their Cast-in gaskets, VIP will also exhibit their Glued-in and Hydrophilic profiles as well as a bespoke design service that they are able to offer clients.

Commenting on the service, Matthew Levitt explains: “VIP recognise that every tunnelling project is different and has its own unique sealing requirements.

For our most recent bespoke design, on the Mumbai Metro tunnel, we created a Glued-in profile which could maintain the working pressures at extended gasket offsets as the tunnel passed under a river while utilising the existing 24mm segment groove which used one of our standard Glued-in profiles for the remainder of the tunnel.”

VIP’s services don’t just stop at gasket manufacture and supply, which is one of the things they are keen to talk about with visitors during the exhibition.

Luke Nethercot, VIP Business Manager – Tunnels & Rail said: “We believe that VIP are more than just a gasket manufacturer and see ourselves as a sealing partner in tunnelling.”

“Our service and products are providing more than sealing solutions for tunnels. We pride ourselves on providing expert advice every step of the project from gasket design, to product training and installation.”

You can visit VIP on stand 937.

VIP to exhibit at the No-Dig Roadshow

VIP will be exhibiting at 2 events on the 2019 No-Dig Roadshow. The events, aimed at those involved or interested in trenchless technology comprise of technical seminars with a program full of presentations on the latest techniques along with case study papers, compiled by the UKSTT.

It’s also a great opportunity for those involved in the trenchless industry to network with suppliers and peers alike.The first stop on the tour is at Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin on March the 14th with the second venue in Glasgow on June 6th (venue TBC).

VIP will be showcasing the VIP-Weco no-dig repair seal at both events. VIP’s manned entry mechanical repair seal has been used worldwide for the trenchless rehabilitation of pipes and sewers for industrial water, drinking water, waste water and fuel and gas.

Manufactured from EPDM or Nitrile rubber, VIP-Weco is available in a number of configurations which allows it to withstand internal pressures up to 20 bar and external up to 2 bar.

With installation times under an hour per seal, VIP-Weco is available in sizes up to DN3500 and is suitable for all pipe materials, making it the ultimate trenchless repair seal.

Attending the exhibition will be Paul Green and Jim Shaw, Business Development Director and Manager respectively for VIP.

Speaking of the upcoming events, Jim Shaw said, “the VIP-Weco is the perfect repair seal in instances where there is localised damage or where ground movement has caused pipe joints to separate.

The versatility of the seal means it can be used for a wide range of applications and its ease of use makes it the perfect choice for installation in manned entry situations and also as a liner end seal.

Attending the roadshows allows those involved in the industry to get a close-up look at the product and find out how it can be used for any upcoming projects they may have.”

You can visit VIP on stand 41. For more information or to book your ticket, visit the No-Dig Live website.