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What Are Silicones?

Silicones are a modern class of synthetic materials. They have literally thousands of applications that collectively bring safety, comfort and enjoyment to life.

Silicones are high-performance oligomers or polymers that can take a variety of physical forms, ranging from solids to water-thin liquids and semi-viscous pastes, greases and oils.

They are noted for their ability to function in conditions that would destroy conventional materials. Silicones display a host of unique properties that can lubricate, seal, bond, release, defoam and encapsulate. They can even insulate, waterproof and coat. They do not conduct electricity. They won't harden, crack, peel, crumble or dry out, rot or become brittle with age.

Silicones make things work better.

Silicones can take many forms – from liquids to solids – that allow engineers, scientists, inventors and companies to use them as a vital component in thousands of consumer and industrial applications. Whether as fluids, rubbers, gels, resins or mixtures, it is their versatility that makes silicones a key ingredient in products that make our lives better every day. From shampoo and baking moulds to cars, computers and precision engineered spacecraft, silicones can be found in a myriad of applications. Silicones can also be used in renewable energy or energy saving applications; everything from wind turbines to solar panels, LEDs to green tires rely on silicone technology.