Momentive: New LSR Compounding Center
Momentive Performance Materials, a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials, has started construction on a new manufacturing facility dedicated to liquid silicone rubber (LSR) production in Leverkusen, Germany, already a major production site for a number of the company’s silicone and sealant product lines. The new facility will allow for the increased production of LSR, needed to meet growing demand from global customers and emerging markets. The first phase of the project will be completed by end of 2010.
Over the course of the past two years, Momentive has launched a number of innovations in elastomer technology that have fueled demand for LSR products. These include a highly transparent LSR (Silopren LSR 7000 series) that can replace thermoplastics in specific optical applications; a fully fluorinated LSR that exhibits high resistance to fuels and flex fuels; a fiber-reinforced LSR with unique physical properties; and a silver-based antimicrobial LSR (StatSil antimicrobial elastomers), that can help prevent the spread of microbial infections from medical devices to the human body.
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