Synthetic leather combines genuine leather qualities with sustainability

Synthetic leathers made from silicone (Si) have superior tactile feel, durability, recyclability, ease of cleaning and inherent fire resistance, but have poor abrasion and cratch resistance due to the inherent properties of silicones. LuxSense is a first of its kind silicone-organic hybrid synthetic leather that combines the benefits of both to become the first synthetic leather that competes with authentic leather on performance, and exceeds all leathers on sustainability.

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Wacker expands production of silicone sealants at Nünchritz site

In response to growing demand, the WACKER chemical group is expanding its production and cartridge filling capacities for silicone sealants at its Nünchritz site. The expansion will increase the company’s capability to supply customers, who contract WACKER to produce ready-to-use silicone sealants for their direct sales. Some €20 million has been budgeted for the new manufacturing lines, which are scheduled to begin production in the fall of 2024. Construction is expected to start before the end of this year, subject to approval from the regulatory authorities involved. The expansion project will create additional new jobs at the site.

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Dow expands silicone sealant line for photovoltaic materials

– Dow announced the expansion of its silicone sealant products to offer photovoltaic (PV) module assembly materials, furthering the global movement toward renewable energy. The newly launched DOWSIL™ PV Product Line with six silicone-based sealants and adhesives solutions can be used to deliver durability and proven performance for frame sealing, rail bonding, junction box bonding and potting, and building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) installation materials.

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Liquid silicone rubber market forecast with a CAGR of 8.3 percent through 2030

Liquid Silicone Rubber Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period 2023-2030 according to USD Analytics. Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) is a versatile material used in various applications due to its excellent properties such as high thermal stability, low toxicity, and resistance to chemicals and UV radiation. The LSR market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years due to the increasing demand from various end-use industries such as healthcare, automotive, electrical and electronics, and others.

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Silicone coatings market forecast with a CAGR of 6 percent through 2032

Revenue from the global silicone coatings market currently stands at US$ 6.64 billion. Worldwide consumption of silicones coatings is projected to increase at a CAGR of 6% from 2022 to 2032, as per a new analysis by Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider.
The silicone coatings market will be primarily driven by trends of industrialization and urbanization across the world. Rising construction activities, increasing use of silicone coatings in automotive manufacturing, and growing popularity of the features of silicone coatings are expected to favor market growth. However, high costs of production and increased availability of low-cost alternatives are anticipated to have a hindering effect on the demand growth of silicone coatings over the coming years.

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Dow launches recyclable silicone self-sealing tire solution

Dow announced its launch of the world’s first recyclable silicone self-sealing tire solution. The solution has been successfully utilized in Bridgestone’s newly released B-SEALS, a recyclable tire sealant technology. With its new SiLASTIC™ SST-2650 Self-sealing Silicone, Dow is meeting self-sealing tire manufacturers’ demands for high performance and sustainability, while providing drivers and passengers with a lighter-weight, safer, and more durable solution.

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Elkem celebrates grand opening of new medical grade silicones facility

Elkem Silicones celebrated the grand opening of its new specialized facility for producing high purity medical silicones on Wednesday, September 28, in York, S.C. Customers and local, state, and federal officials, attended the event which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, facility tours and a reception.
Designed to produce high purity silicone materials that meet the MedTech and Pharma market requirements, this new 18,000 sq.ft. site features state-of-the-art ISO-certified Class 7 and Class 8 clean rooms

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ExxonMobil expands product portfolio to Advance Healthcare Solutions

ExxonMobil has expanded its portfolio of healthcare solutions to meet changing medical market needs for healthy, safe material options. Adhering to industry requirements for testing, quality assurance and traceability, the portfolio unites a wide range of high-performance products that are produced using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for batch-to-batch product consistency that customers can rely on.
The portfolio provides the building blocks to engineer a range of applications including medical supplies, infection protection products, and pharmaceutical and laboratory supplies. The portfolio includes Achieve™ Advanced PP, ExxonMobil™ PP, Vistamaxx™ performance polymers, Exact™ polyolefin elastomers, ExxonMobil™ butyl polymers, Exxpro™ specialty elastomers and ExxonMobil™ Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA).

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