Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a highly pure silicone that is cured with platinum. LSR possesses excellent stability, ability to withstand extreme temperatures, and low compression. Hence, it finds applications across numerous industries. Liquid silicone rubber is widely used for manufacturing medical devices due to its excellent part quality, biocompatibility, and potential to reduce contamination risks. Availability of improved & innovative materials and replacement of existing technologies can boost production of LSR in the near future.
Advanced LSR Technology:
The “Two Component” or 2C LSR technology offers new opportunities in technical seals & parts. It can help in designing a multifunctional single part using numerous LSR combinations of the high performance & engineered thermoplastic materials. This technical plastic can also provide excellent solutions during the development of advanced, custom-made clinical devices like prefilled syringes and inhalers or pump systems. This technology is utilized in two principal methods, namely, 1-stage and 2-stage.
In this basic method, a thermoplastic element is molded in stage one. This element is then over molded with LSR at stage two. This technique is suitable for small scale production that largely works on manual handling.
This is the most advanced technique, wherein LSR & thermoplastic injection are created on one injection machine and with help a single tool. This technique can be highly advantageous for engineers and designers.
According to Grand View Research, Inc.; the global liquid silicone rubber market is expected to witness substantial growth over the forecast period (from 2013 to 2025). Increasing applications in electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, and medical sectors can propel demand in the forthcoming years. Moreover, constant innovations in terms of new materials & technologies are also expected to impel growth in the years to come. Nusil Technology LLC; Zhejiang Xinan Chemical Industrial Group Co. Ltd.; Wacker Chemie AG; and Stockwell Elastomerics Inc. are some of the key players operating in the market.
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