Modern society makes extraordinary demands on materials to perform, not just in service but also to manufacture other products. In all industries, this means to work better, last longer, be stronger and remain always totally reliable. Thanks to silicones, such performance is not just a dream but an everyday reality.
Silicones make performance possible
From tubing to tyres and baking moulds to cell phone keypads, silicone rubber is almost universally used in today's manufacturing and production processes. Silicone rubber is easy to formulate, easy to manufacture, applicable to most trade sectors and can be made in varying colours and hardness. A unique synthetic elastomer, silicone offers professionals the options they need for creative and innovative design and engineering.
Coatings for industrial maintenance have to stand up to some tough conditions. The surfaces of bridges, oil platforms, railway cars, exteriors and interiors need to be highly resistant to many damaging conditions at once, freeze/thaw cycles can cause a coating to crack. Chemicals like oil, gasoline, salt spray and acid rain can eat away at surface treatments. Stains from pollution, oils and other substances can mar surfaces and make clean-up difficult. Abuse from foot traffic, accidents and errant forklift drivers can decrease the life span of industrial surfaces. And finally, the moisture and sunlight from Mother Nature herself need to be taken into consideration.
And yet, industrial coatings are expected to last many times longer than consumer coatings. That is why silicones add the "industrial" to "strength" and provide the added performance needed for the most stringent applications.