LSR resin shortages emerge as demand for silicone grows

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EXTON, Pa.—Liquid silicone rubber, used in automotive, medical and other markets, is growing so quickly that molders are experiencing resin shortages, according to Rick Ziebell, vice president of technology for R.D. Abbott Co. Inc.

Ziebell, the first speaker at an April 9-11 open house at Boy Machine Inc. in Exton, called the shortages “the elephant in the room.”

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Starlim expansion nears completion

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LONDON, Ontario—Starlim North America Corp. is on pace to complete the first phase of a multi-year expansion project at its liquid silicone rubber molding factory in London by the end of this summer.

The subsidiary of Austria’s Starlim Sterner Group broke ground on the $20 million project in September 2016 as part of a five- to seven-year plan to boost capacity to match the growth projected in the company’s business plan.

“Our company is privately held and the owner has a really long-term horizon in terms of planning,” said John Timmerman, Starlim North America vice president of sales and marketing. “The current construction is based on five to seven years, but we’re actually already planned out construction-wise for an additional five years should that be necessary. We’re planned out to 2025 in terms of capacity and sales.”

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ERJ Top 10 Technology Stories

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ERJ focus on significant developments and advances in rubber materials, processing and application technologies:

Mesnac advances “most intelligent” TBM

TIRE MANUFACTURE – Mesnac has recently introduced what it said was “the most intelligent tire building machine (TBM) designed independently in China”. The PS2A PCR machine, features ‘synchronous turn-up’ and intelligent control technologies, and achieves cycle times of less than 40s…

Yokohama taps ‘informatics’ to accelerate rubber research

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Silcotech is spending $2 million on upgrades to headquarters plant

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BOLTON, Ontario—Silcotech North America is spending close to $2 million to expand its Bolton, Ontario, headquarters plant.

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Acquisitions allow Trelleborg to add more product offerings

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NEW YORK—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has added more medical silicone parts to its portfolio thanks to a late 2016 acquisition.

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Global Industrial Rubber Products – Industrial Supplies & Accessories

NEW YORKFeb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The report analyzes the worldwide markets for Industrial Rubber Products in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Mechanical Rubber Goods, Rubber Hose and Belting, and Others. The US and Chinese markets are additionally analyzed by the following End-Use Applications: Automotive, Industrial Equipment, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, CanadaJapanEuropeAsia-PacificLatin America, and Rest of World.

The report profiles 442 companies including many key and niche players such as:

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Simtec integrates LSR, metal, thermoplastics production in one cell

Miramar, Fla.-based Simtec Silicone Parts LLC is starting a production process that integrates parts made of three materials — a metal, liquid silicone rubber and a thermoplastic — into one component within one manufacturing cell.

A breakthrough in LSR tooling technology enables the combination of multiple materials in a single production cell and the company is about to use it for a new application, Simtec President Enrique Camacho said in a telephone interview.

“A revolutionary approach for the integration of functions and materials is starting production at Simtec. It’s the first of its kind in the world for this particular application,” Camacho said.

He said he can’t identify the product or customer because of a confidentiality agreement but he could talk about the technology that is moving the company beyond overmolding LSR onto a thermoplastic substrate to also incorporating a metal part.

“We are redefining the LSR two-shot manufacturing process to LSR multi-shot,” Camacho said.

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Report: Silicone elastomers demand to 2021

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Pune, India – Global demand for silicone elastomers is set to grow at a projected CAGR of 6.49 percent between 2016 and 2021 to reach a value of $7.94 billion, according to market information supplier MarketsandMarkets.

In a study, titled Silicone Elastomers Market by Type – Global Forecast to 2021, the firm cites increasing demand from the healthcare and electrical & electronics end-use industries among the most significant market drivers.

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Global Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) Industry 2015 Market Research Report

MarketResearchReports.Biz announces addition of new report “Global Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) Industry 2015 Market Research Report” to its database.

The Global Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) Industry Report 2015 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) industry.The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis …

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