Silicones. Leading the way in transport and mobility.

As modern means of transport become faster, more reliable and more efficient, demands on materials to perform become tougher. As such, smaller parts must resist exposure to extreme heat, moisture, salt and fuels. Most materials deteriorate in these conditions, but not silicones.

Silicone parts contribute to vehicle weight reductions, which result in increased fuel efficiency and lower emissions of various pollutants, mainly CO2. Silicones retain their properties and – most important – ensure that cars, ships, airplanes and trains operate safely and efficiently for the long haul.

A selection of transport applications using silicones:

ABS SENSOR
AND SEALING

RUBBER

FERRIES

TRAINS

AIRBAGS

LIGHT WEIGHT
DOORS

Around

metric tons

of products were sold in Europe in 2015

With a direct sales value

million euro

Silicones contribute immensely to the safety of modern vehicles, from enabling airbags in cars to preserving the cabin pressure in airplanes.

Because of their unique properties, silicones are able to resist the extreme conditions outside the airplane – be it tropical turbulence or snowstorms – allowing passengers to sit back, relax and enjoy their flight.

Reducing environmental impact

Silicones make an impressive contribution to minimising fuel consumption of cars and ships, thus reducing the CO2 footprint of the transport sector significantly.

Modern, fuel-efficient internal combustion engines run at very high temperatures. Did you know that silicone rubber is the only rubber that can endure these temperatures over a long time, thereby contributing to fuel savings in the operation of cars and trucks? In fact, for every ton of CO2 emitted during the production of silicone rubber used to make vital motor parts, over 86 tons of CO2 are saved when the engine is used! (Source: GSC Carbon Balance Study, 2012)

A SNAPSHOT OF HOW SILICONES HELP IMPROVE OUR LIVES