Global trends in the silicone industry by Dr. Ravi Kulkarni (Managing Director, Elkay Chemicals)
Silicone industry was born towards the end of WW II as a material used to create high performance grease for lubricating crucial military hardware. Since then, the industry has expanded multifold into both common and high-end performance applications. These were to be the first commonly available non-carbon polymers and had several unique attributes as a material. Over 7000 products have evolved since then as high performance additives in diversified industry segments such as textile finishing agents, petroleum refinery additives, agricultural adjuvants, construction chemicals and sealants, paints and coatings, rubbers, plastic and rubber release agents, medicament, pharmaceutical intermediates, personal care hair and skin case additives, high performance foam stabilizers and destabilizers.
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Reference : Article published in Chemical today magazine – June 2020.
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