VIP-Polymers, a global leader in sealing gaskets, tunnel segment gaskets, pipeline seals, rail support products drainage couplings and adaptors, proudly marks its 100th anniversary, celebrating a century of unwavering commitment to innovation, excellence, and sustainability.
Established in 1923 the Victaulic Company was formed by Stewarts and Lloyds who were steel workers and manufactured the “Grooved Type Victaulic Joints” which incorporated a rubber sealing ring inside the joint. The company then became part of British Steel until the early 80’s when the company was de-nationalised.
Over the years that follow VIP acquired several business’ building on the expertise and knowledge, which has led to VIP being at the forefront of providing high-quality rubber sealing products for a diverse range of industries, including infrastructure, construction, transportation, and utilities. Over the past century, the company has earned a reputation for its dedication to meeting and exceeding customer expectations through cutting-edge technology and a steadfast commitment to quality and service.
Throughout its rich history, VIP-Polymers has consistently demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to business, embracing innovation and adapting to the evolving needs of the industries it serves. The company’s success is built on a foundation of strong values, a talented workforce, and a customer-centric philosophy that has allowed it to thrive for 100 years.
“We are incredibly proud to reach this historic milestone,” said John Millar, Managing Director of VIP-Polymers. “Our journey to 100 years has been marked by resilience, innovation, and a commitment to sustainability. We owe our success to the hard work and dedication of our employees, the trust of our customers, and our ability to adapt to change. As we celebrate this momentous occasion, we look forward to the next century of continued growth and success.”
VIP-Polymers has been at the forefront of sustainable business practices, emphasizing environmental responsibility in its operations. The company is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and contributing to a greener future through investments in new energy efficient machinery, the complete switch over from Petrol/Diesel company cars to EV models and the research and development of recyclable materials and processes which meet the stringent requirements of their customers.
To commemorate its centennial, VIP-Polymers hosted a Day at the Races, which commenced with a tour of their offices, factory and laboratory based in Huntingdon Cambridgeshire, showing their customers a full overview of the manufacturing process, from R&D, testing, production, and quality control.
A short journey to the Jockey Club Racecourse kicked started the days main celebrations, with a wide range of customers from different industries and members of staff from all areas of the business having been invited, with a several customers traveling from Europe for the day’s events it was a great way to bring everyone together to celebrate such a big milestone.
Of course, there were some big wins on the horses, but everyone that attended the event had an exciting fun packed day. Not content with a full day of racing VIP arranged for an evening of entertainment with a casino, live music, food, and drink to complete the days celebrations.
As VIP-Polymers looks back on a century of accomplishments, it remains focused on the future, continuing to drive innovation, sustainability, and excellence in rubber manufacturing and engineering at the same time as continuing to build on its relationships with current and new customers.