For well over two decades American BioRubber has led the industry in biobased guayule materials, in fact American BioRubber built the industry from scratch starting in 1998 with a simple idea of producing allergy-free medical devices from a new source of natural rubber grown in the arid deserts of southwest America.
During the early years, American BioRubber forged the road ahead, pioneering every step of the way, establishing industry firsts in agriculture, molecular breeding, bioprocessing, material science and product development, and sales and marketing of a brand new elastomeric polymer.
As the first new crop category launched in America in over fifty years American BioRubber faced challenges at every turn: from limited quality seed stocks from the USDA, to learning how to grow commercially viable acreage at scale. The hard lessons didn’t stop there, American BioRubber needed to learn how to properly irrigate, apply the best nutrients for the regions they were growing in. And, once the crop was established the AG team needed to develop best management methods to ensure a high quality and healthy crop rich in rubber was maintained long enough to reach maturity and be harvested. At every step, and without a roadmap to follow, American BioRubber was required to build sound methods, new technologies, advanced farming practices and knowledge necessary for a successful agricultural program, which was just one of three key components required. American BioRubber also needed to quickly learn how to process the crop, extract rubber and then turn that rubber into marketable materials that could be used to manufacture exceptional products.