60 Seconds With: Simon Holmes, Silicone Engineering

We caught up with Silicone Engineering’s Marketing Manager, Simon Holmes, who gave us his predictions for the industry and what we can look forward to at this year’s Silicone Elastomers World Summit.

The silicone and thermoplastic market continues to undergo ongoing innovation and avenues of opportunity are appearing in particular development areas. Simon Holmes states that we are seeing significant growth in Electronics, predominantly the LED Lighting industry. “Demand for high performance silicone sealing is growing, especially in outdoor applications such as enclosures. We see future growth coming from industries where advanced Nano-technology and high power performance come together, which creates and increases pressure on sealing and gaskets.”

Silicone Engineering’s are regular sponsors at the annual Silicone Elastomers World Summit and Simon Holmes is particularly looking forward to meeting delegates from this year’s event. “The Summit is attended by many industry leaders and professionals, so it makes it difficult to single out individuals that I am looking forward to meeting. However, from the programme of speakers, we are really looking forward to hearing Kathy Schmidtke’s presentation discussing ‘Trends for Silicone Elastomers in LED Technology’ .We are also keen to hear Bernhard Richter’s talk on ‘Silicone Elastomers in Automotive Seal-Applications’ due to the rapid developments in automotive materials and technologies.”

The Summit will assemble familiar faces from the industry but will also open the door to new acquaintances. “I’m especially looking forward to meeting new contacts on our stand where we will have the opportunity to discuss future silicone applications and opportunities with industry leaders, as well as showcasing some of our specialised silicone grades and new material developments for 2016.”

Silicone Engineering has been working on a number of new material developments and Simon is looking forward to sharing their recent discoveries. “The team have recently developed a competitive, thermally conductive silicone sponge which will be targeted at the LED Lighting and Electronics industries to act as a thermal management material by taking heat away from the source.   

Other areas that we are focussing on is a specialist Mass Transit grade which we believe will offer enhanced sealing and dampening performance and we are also developing an extremely light weight, closed cell silicone sponge, which has already proved successful in trials. The sponge is really pushing the boundaries of our closed cell density limits.”