An insight into LSR updates with Wacker

Claudia Berghammer and Thomas Frese from Wacker will be speaking at the Silicone Elastomers World Summit 2018. We caught up with them to find out more...

Your presentation is about non post-cured low volatile solutions and a new chapter in the LSR market, what can delegates expect to learn from your talk?
Today, post-curing is widely used to fulfil specific requirements regarding volatiles and extractables. However, post-curing is an additional processing step, that LSR fabricators want to avoid.

Participants of the conference will be introduced to WACKER’s new non post-cured low volatile product ELASTOSIL® LR 5040, which makes the post-curing obsolete for many applications.

Why is this research important in the silicone industry at the moment?
Requirements regarding volatiles and extractables are steadily increasing, especially in the baby care, medical and automotive industry. This is a challenge for the whole Silicone industry that also affects liquid silicone rubber (LSR).

Therefore, fabricators and end customers are looking for new product solutions for more safety and sustainability.

Where do you think the industry is headed for the next 5 years? Why do you think this?
Regarding liquid silicone rubber (LSR), there will be pressure on fabricators to increase their productivity and cost efficiency further. Hence, a streamlined and fully automated manufacturing process is one of their main targets.

That’s why the future belongs to liquid silicones that can be processed without post-curing.

What are you most looking forward to hearing about at the summit?
Beside other new product innovations, new trends in the LSR market and on the technology side including smart manufacturing would be highly interesting.

Why do you think that this meeting is important for the silicone elastomers industry?
The conference brings together the whole Silicone community from raw material suppliers to manufactures and customers.