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Elastomers & Plastics

Aluminum composite panels can increasingly be found on building exteriors. In order to keep the thermoplastics used here from compromising the fire safety, manufacturers incorporate fire-retardant fillers.Developed by WACKER, GENIOPLAST® Pellet S is a silicone additive that is suitable for a diverse range of thermoplastic polymer blends. It makes such flame-resistant blends easier to manufacture, even when added at a concentration of only one percent.

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Elastomers & Plastics Electrics & Electronics Construction Composites

Whether jam jars or fabric-softener bottles – countless everyday products bear labels. They are not applied by hand, of course, but with labeling machines. These can manage up to 18,000 labels in an hour. For this to work at such rapid speeds, WACKER has developed DEHESIVE® SFX silicone coatings. They ensure that the label reliably bonds to the backing material, but easily peels off when needed.

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Elastomers & Plastics Adhesives & Sealants

Wave power plants might be able to produce more energy than people currently consume. One of the biggest problems facing such wave parks is that they must be made of materials that can withstand huge forces during storms – and only a very few materials can do so. WACKER’s ultrathin ELASTOSIL® silicone film is an ideal candidate here. This film is being tested in an experimental-scale plant – and offers enormous potential.

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Energy Elastomers & Plastics Sustainability

These days, car manufacturers are increasingly making use of supercharged engines with small cylinder capacity – all in the name of downsizing. As a result, the engine compartment becomes hotter. The interior of self-cleaning ovens can also reach such extreme temperatures. WACKER has specially manufactured heat-resistant silicone rubber grades so that valves and seals remain elastic despite the intense heat.

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Automotive & Transport Elastomers & Plastics Adhesives & Sealants

In theory, a fire could break out in any type of building. For buildings with a steel frame, a specialty coating is now available which can save lives in case of a fire. The protective layer’s sophisticated composition includes a binder from WACKER.

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Coatings & Paints Elastomers & Plastics Construction Distribution Composites

Tom Rucker, a jewelry artist, spent 14 months sculpting a unique bust of Nelson Mandela in platinum wire, porcelain and black diamonds – and silicone moldmaking compounds from WACKER were also used.

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Elastomers & Plastics

Electricity generated from sun and wind is fed into the grid usually via underground or undersea cables. These are complicated and expensive to lay. For this reason, the cables need to work perfectly for decades on end. Electrically-conducting silicone elastomers from the POWERSIL® product line play a key role here.

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Energy Elastomers & Plastics Sustainability