Why Use Micronized Rubber Powder


An Ideal Raw Material for Three Simple Reasons – Cost, Performance, Sustainability

Reducing cost

MRP can significantly reduce the cost of a product formulation. MRP replaces rubber- and oil-based feedstocks, which are priced based on volatile commodity markets. Pound-for-pound, MRP offers up to 50 percent savings over these virgin raw materials, offering customers a compelling solution to boost the bottom line.

Delivering performance

Lehigh’s MRPs are highly engineered, durable, tough and versatile. Every day, our customers take advantage of the fact that our MRPs retain the inherent benefits of rubber, which in turn can provide the required performance in certain applications. Performance benefits of using Lehigh’s MRPs include:

  • Water resistance
  • Energy savings
  • Flexibility
  • Sound dampening
  • Vibration deadening
  • Wet traction
  • Anti-fatigue
  • Durability
  • Thermal insulation
  • Oil resistance

One example of improved performance as a result of MRP adoption is in asphalt. Incorporating MRP into rubber-modified asphalt (RMA) results in longer-lasting, quieter road surfaces with lower total cost. Lehigh has partnered with state transportation departments and contractors to provide these higher performance road surfaces, and Lehigh’s MRPs have been used in resurfacing projects throughout the Southeast U.S. Similar systems are being tested and commercialized in Europe and Asia.

Prioritizing sustainability

By using Lehigh MRPs, customers improve the sustainability of their products and help provide an environmental benefit to society. Adding MRP eliminates waste that would otherwise go into landfills, helping reduce the need for oil-based feedstocks, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases. Customers around the world are making progress on their sustainability targets by using MRP in their products.

MRP Environmental Facts

Every pound of Lehigh's Micronized Rubber Powder helps save:

• 10kWh of energy—enough to power a computer for 50 hours.
• About 40 percent of the CO2 emissions of oil-derived resins

Working with customers to develop tailored MRP formulations


At its Application and Development Center (ADC), Lehigh Technologies works with customers to develop tailored MRP formulations that meet their exact needs. The ADC supports our customers’ technology teams and accelerates the adoption process. To learn more, please visit the Research & Development page here