The society was founded in 1965 under the
name "Vereniging van Rubber- Chemici en Technici".
In 1982 the name was changed into "Vereniging van
Kunststof- en Rubber Technologen" after merging with
the Dutch Section of the PRI (Plastic & Rubber Institute,
London). In 1993 the Dutch Section of the PRI joined the
new founded "Institute of Materials" and separated
form the VKRT. The VKRT joined in 1998 the IRCO, the International
Rubber Conference Organisation.
In the period 1994-1999 a fundamental discussion took
place about the position of the Society, either to continue
as an independent society, to merge with a similar society
in the field of plastics and rubber or joining a so called
"umbrella" organisation. The necessity of this
discussion had its roots in the decreasing number of members
and the question how to involve/attract a larger audience.
In 1999 the VKRT joined as an independent society the
". From that moment on the
"Bond voor Materialenkennis" took over the VKRT
office from the NVR (Nederlandse Vereniging van Rubber
Fabrikanten). The NVR had taken care of the general tasks
from the early days of the VKRT. In 2007 the VKRT separated from the "Bond voor Materialenkennis".