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Silicones' versatility stems from their performance and protective qualities.


Silicones can be made in a range of forms, including: solids, resins, rubbers and fluids. Silicones have a wide range of material properties, such as:

  • Adhering or releasing
  • Hard or soft
  • Rigid or flexible
  • Absorbent or water repellent
  • Conductive or insulating
  • Foaming or defoaming


Silicones in clothing, outerwear, shoes and personal care products protect people from heat, cold, wetness, electricity and UV damage.

Silicones used in industrial applications protect equipment and possessions from:

  • Water damage
  • UV damage
  • Extreme heat
  • Extreme cold
  • Climate changes
  • Corrosion
  • Chemicals and oils
  • UV damage
  • Microbes

And, silicones retain these properties over time so materials are less susceptible to damage from weathering, aging, temperature or climate fluctuations and normal wear and tear.

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