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Brabazon aeroplane with Price rubber components
Fitted with Price rubber items
Inshore minesweepers fitted with Price engine mounts
Submarine clad with P[rice manufactured tiles
Daring class destroyer fitted with Price engine mounts
Over 200- minesweepers
Brabazon
Submarines
Saracen
Daring Class  Ships
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      J PRICE (of BATH) LTD established 1936
PRICE OF BATH
ISO 9001: 2001
All had engine mounts or rubber  components made by  J Price



































  Making rubber parts for 80 years,
   we have a wealth of knowledge to
   help solve your supply needs.
   Contact us on 01225 742141

     Rubber and Rubber to metal components

            we develop and make rubber products for many types of  customers.

  Some history....World War 2...tyres, rubber components for tanks and trucks

      1947 - 1955  worked with the Admiralty on the development,  then production,

       of ships engine rubber mounts, generator and compressor mounts for

            Inshore minesweepers (over 200 ships) ,

             DARING class destroyers and other ships. Plus other major marine products.

      These  Price ‘P’and ‘PD’mounts, now NATO parts, are still sold today to shipyards,

          repairers and   operators around  the world.

       The 1950s saw us making rubber parts for the Brabazon aeroplane and  large

          Inflatable aircraft lifting  bags,used when a plane’s undercarriage had collapsed

      In the 1980s   we were the original maker and approved supplier of acoustic

          & anechoic cladding  tiles  for submarines and ships.

 

     A  main Original Equipment Manufacturer to the car industry and engine builders

        for over 50 years. However,most of the large volume business has been lost

      to major rubber companies or cheap imports.

           Our  80 years experience and size means we are well suited

               for the smaller niche businesses and markets.

 

   We  produce relatively low volume items, including replacement rubber  parts,

   for cars, trucks, Buses, Coaches, Trailers and Rubber Mouldings  for many industries

A bit of company history. 1939 ball production ceased and war work producing tyres and rubber items took over. 1947 saw J Price with the Admiralty(MOD)developing antivibration units for ships engines,generators and compressors. Still made today and used around the world
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Manufacturing rubber components from a few grams up to 50kilos

We are small enough for rapid response,big enough to meet most requirements

                                               Established 80 years

 

 

             PRICE of BATH  balls.

     Although all other ball manufacturers  in the western world have disappeared

   or buy from the far east,  we determined to continue with ball making in Britain.

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       In our hay day we were making over 75000 tennis balls,

        15000 squash balls and 10000 golf balls a week,

         but with  far east labour costs around 5% of  UK costs,

         it was obvious the volume ball production would not continue,

         So we had to find other ways to stay in the ball business.

 

 

    Developing a new type of golf ball,’Price’s Everlasting’

      (famous in it’s time) before Penfold,Dunlop,Spalding,Pinnicle and others decided

       ‘what a good idea’ and  joined in,

        Sales of our special golf balls built up to around 10000 a week, but  

      lost to the far east because of  UK costs and lack of big business distribution.

 

 We  also produced a  set of  unique golf ‘Putting’ improver balls

   with a ‘tread’ and  selling like hot cakes, but regrettably our main customer/

   distributor thought he had discovered a  gold mine, overspent,and  went  broke.

  We have the put the balls on the website,hopefully they will become popular again.

     Squash balls.Making for all the Sports Brands,(42 of them),sales had built up

   to around  15000  balls a week before they too were lost to the  far east when

    shortly afterwards the game lost popularity and declined dramatically.

 

     Then we developed  new balls for  ‘minitennis’  

       for the Lawn Tennis Association

    That also  is suffering  slow death by cheap imported balls.

 

   A new larger tennis ball, the MAGNUM,

   developed for theInternational Tennis Federation showed  great promise.

  However a big International Brand, using  far east balls stupidly flooded the market too quickly

      killing off any chance of the new ball  succeeding with distributors.

 

  We developed a set of 3 balls for ‘minisquash’ for the SRA/ESRA.      

     these too have mostly been‘stolen’ by importers using cheap far east balls.

 

    Balls for UK‘Racketball ‘were developed by us for the RBA

    /SRA/ESRA,

     but currently  the developing ball market for Racketball is under attack,by the importing           

      brands,and we are fighting to retain a fair share. Time will tell..

 

       We continue to make the various types and we have other balls in development  

       but it all takes time.

       With the loss of volume business we have become a smaller company,but with the

      third generation of the Price family joining in we are optimistic about the future,

 

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Looking for a  rubber factory to make a component in rubber? We are one of the few  rubber companies left in the west  of England.