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Are you getting your Machinery ready for Spring Work?

To make sure your machinery is in the best condition for spring work, it’s important to look at replacing worn parts now rather than risking downtime.  Breakdowns can delay planting and harvesting and cost you more money to carry out repairs, rather than routinely servicing and replacing your machinery’s key components. 

At Clifton Rubber we offer a wide range of rubber and polyurethane components ideal for use in many aspects of the potato industry including soil preparation, planting, harvesting, cleaning and packing.   

One of the most popular products is the cleaning coil, ideal for use in various cleaning and grading applications such as grading units, box fillers and receiving hoppers.   Other Clifton Rubber products used in the potato industry include sponge drying rings, cleaning stars, de-stoning stars, grading spools, clod and haulm rollers, dahlman rollers, and pintle products such as belts, encapsulated pintle and rollers.

Potato growers need to know that they are getting the best value for money and can rely on the quality of the equipment in which they are investing.  

A current Clifton Rubber customer said: 

“During our busy harvest season it is vital to fit our equipment with the best wear components to avoid costly breakdowns and to maintain equipment efficiency for longer. Breakdowns mean downtime and then we are losing time and money. That’s why we buy from Clifton Rubber as we know that their products are durable and good value for money.”

The requirement for product quality, efficiency and value for money is why the leading OEMs and growers use Clifton Rubber components in their equipment.  Clifton Rubber have been manufacturing agricultural wear parts for 50 years and have developed a range of rubber and polyurethane components suitable for the most demanding handling and grading environments where efficiency and durability is key.

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Celebrating 50 Years of UK Manufacturing

Much has changed since Managing Director Brian Burton started the company in 1973 at the age of 23.  It’s still in the same location – St Ives in Cambridgeshire, and is very much still a family owned and managed business with son Ben Burton joining the company in 2011 as Operations Director.

Today the company has over 50 employees, a global customer base and operates out of a production plant over 50,000 square feet in size.   Continually investing in state-of-the-art plant and equipment, the company has developed an extensive knowledge of rubber and polyurethane materials and the processes required to manufacture high quality components, putting them at the forefront of the industry.

Managing Director Brian Burton said, “It’s a fantastic achievement to have successfully completed five decades in business. In that time, we’ve achieved a lot and are proud to be seen as one of the UK’s leading Rubber and Polyurethane Moulding Experts. We’re going from strength to strength and have lots more to come in the future, with exciting times ahead to look forward to.”

Clifton Rubber’s core business is the processing of rubber and polyurethane materials to produce customer bespoke products, such as mouldings, rubber and polyurethane covered rollers, extrusions, fabrications, sheet cut gaskets and linings.

In addition, they have developed a range of own brand components that can be found in use in various applications around the world including the agricultural, offshore and transport industries. 

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Hemingfords FC Race Night Sponsorship

As sponsors of the Football Club, we are delighted to be sponsoring a Race at the Hemingfords United Race Night this coming Saturday 4 March.  If you haven’t booked your place yet, get in touch and attend this worthwhile event being held at Hemingford Pavilion.

To find out more and book your ticket CLICK HERE.

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With Spring around the corner, have you got protection in place for your Bowling Green Ditches?

Want to make sure your green is in great playing condition as your Club re-opens and the restrictions are lifted

Are you ready for the new season? One area of the greens which is under constant wear and tear from the unpredictable and varied British environment is the ditches and their liners. 

Ditch liners play an important role in both protecting the woods and jacks from surface damage and stopping them moving from where they drop into the gutter.  

Fortunately there are several types of ditch liner available from simple rubber chippings to imported mats.  Unfortunately, some liners can deteriorate rapidly and fail in their main functions, which also leaves the green looking untidy.

The Clifton Rubber ditch liner has soft rubber spikes which protect the woods and jacks which drop into the ditch and stop them from moving, meeting the criteria and regulations set by the bowls governing bodies.  The Ditch Liners are manufactured at Clifton Rubber’s factory in the UK from a high quality rubber material which is extremely durable in the outside environment. 

The liners come in one metre sections and the width is suitable for standard ditches of 200mm – 300mm in width.  The product is maintenance free and very cost effective compared to similar products.

Clubs who have installed this innovative product are delighted with the finished product and the ditch liners’ longevity.

Innovative Design

Clifton Rubber have worked in conjunction with their local Bowls club to design and develop an innovative rubber ditch liner system, which is now installed in hundreds of Clubs worldwide.

St Albans Bowling Club Sign

St Albans Bowling Club commented:

““We looked at cheaper alternatives but felt that it was worth buying a quality product that would have a longer life span. These liners have been the perfect solution and are extremely low maintenance.”” 

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Supporting Crisis at Christmas

We close off 2022, as we did last year, with sponsoring Crisis at Christmas again – a very worthwhile cause which our Sales Executive, Andrew Meddings, is devoting 5 days of his time to over the Christmas period. Clifton Rubber will be supporting 5 Guests this Christmas.

If you want to find out a little more, have a read below:

No one should be homeless and alone this Christmas

Crisis is a charity which campaigns on behalf of people experiencing homelessness. At Christmas, they have their Crisis at Christmas campaign when they open day centres across London in schools and colleges – this year in Camden, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, and Hackney.

These provide homeless and isolated people with hot meals and drinks, clothing, showers and haircuts, and access to doctors, dentists, chiropodists, and physiotherapists. There is counselling and advice on housing, employment, welfare, and benefits. Hotel rooms are available where rough sleepers can be referred to if they would like a safe place to stay.

This is supported by over 100 general volunteers, plus others who provide the different services, with each person giving up their time to offer the guests a safe, warm, and friendly environment in which to spend Christmas.

This will be the 10th year that Andrew has volunteered at the City Academy in Hackney where he shares responsibility with other senior volunteers for the day to day running of the centre. The charity estimates that it costs £29.07 for each guest to access the services available at Christmas, plus the chance to receive year-round help from the charity which may help them improve their lives.

Andrew says: “I have seen how a hot meal, a conversation with someone, a shower, haircut, clean clothes, or just being warm and dry, can make such a difference to someone who would otherwise be on the streets, and the long term help that Crisis can offer can transform someone’s life.”

Lloyd, one of the Guests said: “They gave me a welcome pack with food, drinks, and showed me to my room! The cup of human kindness just overflowed from every person – it was unreal. I will never forget that Christmas. It made me feel human again’’.

Watch some videos here:

To find out how you can support Crisis at Christmas see here:

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Office Closure

Clifton Rubber will be closed from 11am on Friday 16 December for a company event.

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Delighted to be supporting Doctors Without Borders

We were delighted to be supporting a very worthwhile charity – Doctors Without Borders, also known, perhaps more widely, as Medecins San Frontieres (MSF).  

We have chosen to support MSF on a regular monthly basis.  Without donations it would be impossible for the charity to operate and have such a massive impact on the lives of so many people.  Our support will enable the team to carry out emergency surgeries, vaccinate communities, help women give birth safety and much more.  Whether it’s in an active warzone, a refugee camp or a village cut off by flooding, MSF exist to provide the medical care that people need, whoever and wherever they are. 

The organisation is 100% privately funded, so our contribution and those of all their supporters is gratefully received.

To find out more about what MSF do visit:

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