The silicone industry is a highly innovative sector which continually invests in silicone products whose enabling properties make smart and surprising contributions to consumers’ quality of life. Silicone lends its useful characteristics when applied to other materials allowing products to last longer, spread better, stay flexible or rigid, and withstand extreme temperatures or humidity, thus reducing the resource and energy consumption of the products in which silicones are used. Silicones’ widespread use in everything from automobiles to electronics to solar panels helps enhance existing materials and make new ones possible, which are incorporated into thousands of articles and end products.
For example, silicones have helped advance clean energy technologies and innovation, such as LED lights and electric vehicles, all of which contribute to minimizing environmental impact. In addition, silicone coating enabled the development of “intelligent” textiles that absorb and dissipate shock. When used in high performance apparel they help to protect motorcyclists and others from impact and injury.
Silicones play an increasingly important role supporting improvement, innovation, and progress in a wide range of industry sectors. For detailed information about how silicones contribute to innovations that address world challenges and impact the global economy, please read the “Socio-economic evaluation of the global silicones industry” report.