- What Are Silicones?
- Silicones Uses
- Sustainability & Environment
- Health & Safety
- Science & Research
Silicones are a vital ingredient in a large and diverse number of final applications. Silicones may be supplied directly to producers of final products but more often they pass through several stages of what is known as the ‘value chain’.
This means that their routes to end markets may be complex, involving several interdependent stages. Firms in each successive level progressively add value by transforming or modifying basic materials that eventually become products for final sale.
The diagram below shows the way the value chain works.
This is a highly simplified representation of a system which, in real life, is sophisticated, complex and covers many more products than the examples shown.
Click on the arrow to view the process