Forms of silicones

Silicones take many forms, the basic ones of which are fluids, emulsions, elastomers and resins. Silicones can also benefit from the addition of adjuvants and auxiliaries to their chemistry, giving them more properties and even better performance.

Liquids/Oil

Used as lubricants and in hydraulic fluids

Gels

Used in contact lenses, and for scar reduction

Rubber

Used in food storage containers and with products such as silicone sealants

Foam

Used as surfactants and as fire protection

Solids

Used as lightweight automotive parts

For more detailed information on silicone chemistry, please see our brochure.

Applications

The many different forms mean that silicones can provide many different types of benefits across product groups. Read about the many uses of silicones in our socio-economic report, and click on the sections below to learn more about about key sectors that depend on silicones:

Construction

Digital

Renewable energy

healthcare

transport

food