Rubber balloons were first made by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824 for use in his experiments with hydrogen at the Royal Institution in London. `The caoutchouc is exceedingly elastic', he wrote in the Quarterly Journal of Science the same year. `Bags made of it...have been expanded by having air forced into them, until the caoutchouc was quite transparent, and when expanded by hydrogen they were so light as to form balloons with considerable ascending power....' Faraday made his balloons by cutting round two sheets of rubber laid together and pressing the edges together. The tacky rubber welded automatically, and the inside of the balloon was rubbed with flour in order to prevent the joining together of two surfaces. For the first time in the history of balloons, the wonder product became accessible to people in the year 1825. Interestingly, they had to make the actual balloon by themselves. The balloons came in the form of a kit which included a bottle of rubber solution and a condensing syringe. The kit was marketed by England's pioneer rubber manufacturer, Thomas Hancock.
As early as 1889, balloons could be bought by people in the United States. The famed Montgomery Ward had them in their catalogue that year. The price was 4 cents each or 40 cents a dozen. In fact, the balloons were not made in the United States, but were probably imported from Belgium.
In 1931, balloon technology frog leaped much and according to an industry catalogue, "Neil Tillotson dipped the first modern latex balloon made from the sap of a rubber tree." The catalogue further states that the balloon, shaped like a cat's head with pointed ears and a whisker-printed face, was the world's first novelty-shaped and printed balloon. Before that, the manufacture of balloons involved a cumbersome, lengthy process. Tillotson founded the Tillotson Rubber Company which makes balloons even today.
The manufacture of balloons in India belonged to the unorganized sector in the olden times.. The first step towards manufacturing toy balloons on par with global standards using fully automatic machinery became a reality with the formation of Rubek Balloons Pvt. Ltd. with Malaysian know-how. The joint venture Unit M/s Rubek Balloons Private Limited between Kerala State Co-operative Rubber Marketing Federation Limited and M/s Strategic Products Sdn Bhd, Malaysia started with a production target of 12 lakh balloons per day to tap the immense potential.
Rubek Balloons Pvt Ltd is a joint venture company formed by The Kerala State Cooperative Rubber Marketing Federation Limited ( Rubber Mark) with M/s Strategic Products Sdn Bhd Malaysia. Premium quality balloons are manufactured in this Factory with State of the Art Technology at Rubber Park, Valayanchirangara, Irapuram, in Ernakulam district of the state of Kerala in INDIA.
launched the country's first branded balloons, "RUBEK BALLOONS" on 19th October 2004 In a colourful function chaired by Company's chairman Shri T.H.Musthaffa , held at the Durbar Hall ground,. The then Hon. Chief Minister Shri. Oommen Chandy launched the product..
After the initial period of successful production and trial marketing, the company went into regular production, in July 2005.
RUBEK BALLOONS is a pioneer manufacturer of Toy Balloons and is the largest manufacturer in India.
The Company produces its eco-friendly balloons in 10 sizes and 13 colours (pink, white, purple, blue, green, orange, red, yellow, light blue, black, brown, parrot green and metallic shades.
The Company also has facility of printing on balloons to suite different occasions of celebrations like Marriages, Birthdays and Festivals.