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Silicones play a very important role in healthcare, enabling the development of advanced technologies through innovation. They are a key part of advanced medical devices such as artificial hearts and electronic prostheses. Prosthetics manufacturers turn to silicones, because they enable the flexible and realistic movement users require to perform a wide range of tasks. On top of that, silicones can mimic the effect of real tissue, all the way down to the finer details, creating very natural-looking prosthetics that are hard to distinguish from real limbs. Silicones are going to be a crucial part of the next big leap in the evolution of healthcare. And that’s a good thing.

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Discover more about silicones in healthcare in our factsheet Silicones and Health.

Silicone producers across Europe have come together to launch a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the little known and impressive benefits of silicones. Our year-round campaign will focus on four sectors where silicones’ enabling properties make their most smart and surprising contributions – energy, construction, healthcare and electronics.

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  • Silicones are well tolerated by the human skin so they can facilitate healing and improve the appearance of existing scars.

  • Over 50 years of scientific research has been dedicated to assess the safety of silicones to consumers, workers and the environment.

  • Silicones play an active role in innovation, enabling new health applications such as artificial hearts and electronic prostheses.

  • €400 million is invested annually on research and development of silicones, almost two times greater than the estimated proportion of GDP spent on research and development in the OECD countries.

  • Silicones resist bacterial growth and help reduce the risk of infections.

  • Silicone dressings minimise pain on removal, reducing anxiety and promoting faster healing.

  • Silicones are used as needle coating to help reduce pain when the needle enters the skin, as they make the surface of the needle extremely smooth.

  • Silicones are resistant to bacteria, easy to sterilise and are excellent for sensitive applications such as respiratory tubing and infant care products. 

  • Silicones are used in pacemakers as they are hypoallergenic, do not react with other materials and insulate wires. 

  • Silicones are ideal for external prosthetics and artificial joints as they offer exceptional cushioning and provide maximum comfort making them the perfect material.

Insights

  • Factsheet: Silicones and Energy

    Silicones boost energy performance and renewable energy technologies.

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  • Factsheet: Silicones and Construction

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  • Si-Chemistry carbon balance study

    The first study on the GHG emissions linked to the entire life cycle of silicones.

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  • The findings in a nutshell

    A summary of the GHG benefits of silicones.

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  • F.A.Q

    Your questions on the Si-Chemistry carbon balance study answered.

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  • Factsheet: Silicones and Transport

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  • Factsheet: Silicones and Health

    Silicones are an integral part of innovative medical treatments and care.

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  • Si-Chemistry carbon balance study

    The first study on the GHG emissions linked to the entire life cycle of silicones.

    Download
  • The findings in a nutshell

    A summary of the GHG benefits of silicones.

    Download
  • F.A.Q

    Your questions on the Si-Chemistry carbon balance study answered.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Transport

    Silicones are vital components in cars, airplanes, trains and ships.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Health

    Silicones are an integral part of innovative medical treatments and care.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Construction

    See how silicones have revolutionised many aspects of construction.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Energy

    Silicones boost energy performance and renewable energy technologies.

    Download
More Insights
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Energy

    Silicones boost energy performance and renewable energy technologies.

    Download
  • Si-Chemistry carbon balance study

    The first study on the GHG emissions linked to the entire life cycle of silicones.

    Download
  • The findings in a nutshell

    A summary of the GHG benefits of silicones.

    Download
  • F.A.Q

    Your questions on the Si-Chemistry carbon balance study answered.

    Download
More Insights
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Construction

    See how silicones have revolutionised many aspects of construction.

    Download
More Insights
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Health

    Silicones are an integral part of innovative medical treatments and care.

    Download
More Insights
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Transport

    Silicones are vital components in cars, airplanes, trains and ships.

    Download
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    Read more
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    Read more
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  • 3D silicone replica of a human body recreates feel of emergency surgery for trainee doctors

    Read more
  • The world’s first entirely autonomous silicone robot

    Read more
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  • (FR article) Silicone hydrogel contact lens can now monitor diabetes

    Read more
  • A new silicone cap can help patients to face cancer head-on

    Read more
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    Read more
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    Read more
  • Silicone reusable sanitary product to help young women in developing countries

    Read more
  • Artificial Heart Muscles One Step Closer With Cheap, Robust Silicone Elastomer

    Read more
  • UK patent granted for revolutionary 3D silicone printing

    Read more
  • Drug-coated silicone ring cuts HIV risk by more than half in some women

    Read more
  • Scientists create tiny brain-scanning implants that dissolve completely after use

    Read more
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