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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Continental silicone insulation system wins Hanover Messe 2019 energy award

HANOVER, Germany—Continental’s silicone rubber-based insulation system, Conti Thermo Protect, received the Industrial Energy Efficiency Award at the Hanover Messe 2019.

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Huebner to build rubber products plant in Tennessee

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KASSEL, Germany—Automotive and industrial parts supplier Huebner Group is set to begin construction on an elastomeric products plant in Dunlap, Tenn.

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Conductive Silicone Rubber Market Study by Evolving Industry Analysis & Forecast to 2024 – Tmr

Global Conductive Silicone Rubber Market: Trends

Conductive silicone rubbers are widely used in several end-user industries due to their thermal and electrical conductivity properties. End-user industries such as electrical, electronics, automotive, defense & aerospace, and heavy industrial machineries experience broad usage of conductive silicone rubber. Electrically conductive silicone rubber is used in wires, cables, EMI shielding gaskets, and ESD shielding applications in electrical and electronics industries. Conductive silicone rubbers are used in EMP protection and wave guide application. They are used in military and aerospace equipment owing to their EMI shielding effects. 

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Grand finale to 23rd Rubber Conference 2018

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The 23rd Rubber Conference and International Workshops organised by the Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA) concluded in Mumbai on December 15, 2018 with a call by experts to raise the quality of research and development in the rubber sector so as to enable the Indian rubber industry to achieve its full growth potential.

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Shin-Etsu to invest €850m in silicones business

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Tokyo – Japanese materials supplier Shin-Etsu Chemical has announced plans to invest ¥110 billion (€854 million) in the next two-and-a-half years in its silicones operations, a core business of the company.

As part of the commitment, the Tokyo-based company will expand production capacity for silicone monomer – the intermediate product of silicones – and various types of silicone fluids, resins and rubber end products at the company’s main bases in Japan and globally.

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Market forces tighten silicone sector supply, spike prices

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AKRON—Tightness in silicone supply is straining the market, bringing on higher prices and causing trouble for steady sources, with no relief in sight until at least 2019, industry insiders said.

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Smithers Rapra Course: Introduction to Silicone Elastomers

This course will take place over one day, commencing at 9.15am and finishing at 4.30pm.

The properties and processing of silicone elastomers are often very different from other Elastomers. 

This course is structured to provide an understanding and overview of the main types of silicone elastomer currently available and will give a comparison of chemical structure; manufacturers; grades; properties; compounding; processing and applications between each type.

Enough basic polymer science is included to understand these topics, and extensive use will be made of samples and other visual aids to assist. Reference is made to the place of silicone rubber relative to other commercial polymers.

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Shin-Etsu sees double-digit growth in silicones business

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TOKYO—Japanese materials supplier Shin-Etsu saw double-digit increases in sales and operating income at its silicones business.

In the nine-month report covering April-December 2017, the Japanese company reported a 14.7 percent rise in sales to $1.4 million, compared to the same period last year.

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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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