Corporate Overview


Tensile Rubber (Pty) Ltd was originally started in 1966 as a subsidiary of the French company Paulstra and reconstructed in 1984 as Total Metbond Components. In 1990 the French involvement was terminated when the company was acquired by Gentyre Automotive Components (Pty) Ltd.


In February 1997 Tensile Rubber acquired the ongoing operation from Gentyre.


Tensile Rubber (Pty) Ltd is an independent, privately held Holding Company for Tensile Rubber Extrusions (Pty) Ltd, Tensile Rubber Hoses (Pty) Ltd, Tensile Rubber Compounds (Pty) Ltd and
Precision Rubber Moulders (Pty) Ltd.


Our quality systems conform to ISO 2008 or equivalent.

Our Objective


It is the Group’s objective to undertake continuous research into improving products as well as manufacturing technologies in order to remain the industry leader in our field of expertise. The ability to meet the requirements of the automotive and railway industry as well as the mining industry is a priority which calls for a high level of design and development skills. Although South Africa has experienced a decade of de-industrialisation Tensile grew in leaps and bounds by providing the South African manufacturing industry with quality products and first class service.


Company Purpose and Focus


The Group has for many years, been South Africa’s leading manufacturer of Rubber and Rubber-to-Metal bonded components in form of extruded and moulded products for the automotive, transport and mining industries.

In-house design capability for suspension units for rail and off-the-road and for sealing applications has enabled it to maintain a strong position in these markets.

The future strategy of the company is to continue to serve these markets with technical, elastomeric components to expand the range of components offered and to diversify the existing customer range. Particular emphasis is placed on technical partnerships and agreements, which will enable the company to offer products in line with world class standards as well as developing and maintaining a meaningful export presence. Current export markets include Australia, Botswana, Canada, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 After design and manufacture of the tooling and establishment of the parameters of the manufacturing process, prototypes are prepared for test and evaluation. Tensile Rubber laboratory is well equipped for this purpose: material properties as well as final component characteristics can be tested under static and dynamic conditions (500kN static and 40kN dynamic at frequencies up to 200Hz simultaneously in three-axial mode if required), different environmental conditions (-40C to +180C or cycles of fluctuating temperatures with the specimen under static or dynamic test), non-destructive or destructive tests (breaking-strength, bond-strength or fatigue-strength).

Test results are used as a feedback to optimise design in new developments and continuously monitor quality of production items.