22 - Manufacture of rubber and plastic products

This Chapter has been extracted from the ONS Explanatory Notes and provides a more detailed explanation of possible activities that could fall within the SIC Codes related to the Chapter.

This division includes the manufacture of rubber and plastics products.

This division is characterised by the raw materials used in the manufacturing process. However, this does not imply that the manufacture of all products made of these materials is classified here.

22.1 Manufacture of rubber products

This group includes the manufacture of rubber products.

22.11 Manufacture of rubber tyres and tubes; retreading and rebuilding of rubber tyres 

This class includes:
- manufacture of rubber tyres for vehicles, equipment, mobile machinery, aircraft, toy, furniture and other uses:
• pneumatic tyres
• solid or cushion tyres
- manufacture of inner tubes for tyres
- manufacture of interchangeable tyre treads, tyre flaps, "camelback" strips for retreading tyres etc.
- tyre rebuilding and retreading
This class excludes:
- manufacture of tube repair materials, see 22.19
- tyre and tube repair, fitting or replacement, see 45.20

22.19 Manufacture of other rubber products

This class includes:
- manufacture of other products of natural or synthetic rubber, unvulcanised, vulcanised or hardened:
• rubber plates, sheets, strip, rods, profile shapes
• tubes, pipes and hoses
• rubber conveyor or transmission belts or belting
• rubber hygienic articles: sheath contraceptives, teats, hot water bottles etc.
• rubber articles of apparel (if only sealed together, not sewn)
• rubber sole and other rubber parts of footwear
• rubber thread and rope
• rubberised yarn and fabrics
• rubber rings, fittings and seals
• rubber roller coverings
• inflatable rubber mattresses
• inflatable balloons
- manufacture of rubber brushes
- manufacture of hard rubber pipe stems
- manufacture of hard rubber combs, hair pins, hair rollers, and similar

This class also includes:
- manufacture of rubber repair materials
- manufacture of textile fabric impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with rubber, where rubber is the chief constituent
- manufacture of rubber waterbed mattresses
- manufacture of rubber bathing caps and aprons
- manufacture of rubber wet suits and diving suits
- manufacture of rubber sex articles

This class excludes:
- manufacture of tyre cord fabrics, see 13.96
- manufacture of apparel of elastic fabrics, see 14.14, 14.19
- manufacture of rubber footwear, see 15.20
- manufacture of glues and adhesives based on rubber, see 20.52
- manufacture of "camelback" strips, see 22.11
- manufacture of inflatable rafts and boats, see 30.11, 30.12
- manufacture of mattresses of uncovered cellular rubber, see 31.03
- manufacture of rubber sports requisites, except apparel, see 32.30
- manufacture of rubber games and toys (including children's wading pools, inflatable children rubber
boats, inflatable rubber animals, balls and the like), see 32.40
- reclaiming of rubber, see 38.32

22.2 Manufacture of plastics products 

This group comprises processing new or spent (i.e., recycled) plastics resins into intermediate or final
products, using such processes as compression moulding; extrusion moulding; injection moulding; blow moulding; and casting. For most of these, the production process is such that a wide variety of products can be made.

22.21 Manufacture of plastic plates, sheets, tubes and profiles

This class includes:
- manufacture of semi-manufactures of plastic products:
• plastic plates, sheets, blocks, film, foil, strip etc. (whether self-adhesive or not)
- manufacture of finished plastic products:
• plastic tubes, pipes and hoses; hose and pipe fittings
- cellophane film or sheet

This class excludes:
- manufacture of plastics in primary forms, see 20.16
- manufacture of articles of synthetic or natural rubber, see 22.1

22.22 Manufacture of plastic packing goods 

This class includes:
- manufacture of plastic articles for the packing of goods:
• plastic bags, sacks, containers, boxes, cases, carboys, bottles etc.

This class excludes:
- manufacture of luggage and handbags of plastic, see 15.12

22.23 Manufacture of builders’ ware of plastic

This class includes:
- manufacture of builders' plastics ware:
• plastic doors, windows, frames, shutters, blinds, skirting boards
• tanks, reservoirs
• plastic floor, wall or ceiling coverings in rolls or in the form of tiles etc.
• plastic sanitary ware like plastic baths, shower-baths, washbasins, lavatory pans, flushing cisterns etc.
- manufacture of resilient floor coverings, such as vinyl, linoleum etc.
- manufacture of artificial stone (e.g. cultured marble)

22.29 Manufacture of other plastic products

This class includes:
- manufacture of plastic tableware, kitchenware and toilet articles
- manufacture of diverse plastic products:
• plastic headgear, insulating fittings, parts of lighting fittings, office or school supplies, articles of apparel (if only sealed together, not sewn), fittings for furniture, statuettes, transmission and conveyer belts, self-adhesive tapes of plastic, plastic shoe lasts, plastic cigar and cigarette holders, combs, plastics hair curlers, plastics novelties, etc.

This class excludes:
- manufacture of plastic luggage, see 15.12
- manufacture of plastic footwear, see 15.20
- manufacture of plastic furniture, see 31.01, 31.02, 31.09
- manufacture of mattresses of uncovered cellular plastic, see 31.03
- manufacture of plastic sports requisites, see 32.30
- manufacture of plastic games and toys, see 32.40
- manufacture of plastic medical and dental appliances, see 32.50
- manufacture of plastic ophthalmic goods, see 32.50
- manufacture of plastics hard hats and other personal safety equipment of plastics, see 32.99


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