Silicones are a family of specialty, high performance materials. The silicone family includes silicones, siloxanes and silanes, all of which are widely used in thousands of products and provide essential benefits to key segments of our economy.
Silicones are produced by reacting silicon – one of the earth’s most common elements- with methyl chloride and further reaction with water which removes the chlorine atom. This reaction is the first step in producing polymers that are resistant to both high and low temperatures and are used in thousands of products in such applications as health care, aerospace, personal care, electronics, transportation and construction.
Due to their molecular structure, silicones can be manufactured in many forms including solids, liquids, semi-viscous pastes, greases, oils and rubber.
Silicones have an exceptional breadth of chemical and physical properties. Silicones are flexible and resist moisture, chemicals, heat, cold and ultraviolet radiation. Products made with silicones take on these and other important properties so they are more stable, more aesthetically pleasing, easier to use or apply, and longer lasting.
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