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Elkem Silicones products are used in a wide range of applications in the automotive industry to enhance manufacturing and make cars better and safer.

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How silicones are driving the automotive market forward

Elkem Silicones products are used in a wide array of parts and components in cars and other vehicles, including heavy-duty road and off-road automotive equipment. The reliability and stability of silicones make them ideal for use in critical areas, from power-train sealing and gaskets to hoses, via windshield linings, cables, ignition sets, airbag cushion coatings and in many other key applications.

Silicones make cars safer, more reliable and more comfortable in many ways. They are also used upstream in various manufacturing processes, such as tire demolding, and they enter into consumable products such as lubricants where they enhance performance and increase the durability of engines. Silicones also contribute to weight reductions and lower emissions. In short, they play an essential role in improving practically all aspects of manufacturing in the automotive industry.

Here are a few examples for the use of silicones in cars and transport vehicles:

Airbags: Bluesil® TCS products deliver the best and most durable compatibility with nylon and polyester textile substrates. They are used to ensure airbag cushions inflate in a split second at the time of deployment and contribute to reducing the size and weight of airbags.

Cables: Elkem Silicone LV 112 (class E & F) and LV 216 automobile compliant silicones are used in a wide range of automotive cables for:

  • General-purpose wiring and cabling, including batteries, lighting, HVAC, injection systems, etc.
  • ABS sensor cables, air-bag safety systems
  • Engine control systems, including fuel pumps immersed in fuel tanks
  • Data cables for onboard IT and entertainment systems.

Hoses: Bluesil HD 1060 and HD 1070 series and the MB 700, 600 and 300 line of solutions have been specifically designed for demanding applications under the hood for use in a wide range of hoses in passenger vehicles as well as in “Heavy Duty” automotive applications:

  • Turbocharger and cooler hoses
  • Exhaust gas recycling systems
  • Intercooler and engine seals
  • Gaskets

Tire manufacturing: The Lyndcoat® range of silicones is used in mold releases, bladder coatings, bladder paints, as repair agents, in paints and band-ply lubricants and for improved bladder centering and air evacuation. They optimize productivity, efficiency and aesthetics through defect rate and waste reduction, lower the total cost of operations, increase production capacities with minimal or no capital expenditures and ensure clean and safe processing.

Elkem Silicones Mix & Fix® centers, closely respond to customer needs in the automotive industry. Besides supplying master batches, they advise customers and provide them with custom-made formulations from the company’s entire silicone range, with very short lead times that meet carmakers’ specifications and are compatible with their manufacturing and regulatory requirements.

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Advanced Automotive PartsElkem Silicones produces specifically designed high-quality silicones for critical automotive parts that must withstand extreme conditions.Advanced Automotive Partshttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/Advanced-Automotive-Parts.aspx
AirbagsTwo dummies in a car before an airbag crash test.Durability and reliability of silicones for automotive airbags.Airbagshttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/Airbags.aspx
Casting PapersGive a spotless design to your surface with our silicones solutions for casting papers. Casting Papershttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/Casting-Papers.aspx
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Cleaning AgentA cleaning spray using silicone based cleaning agents.Elkem Silicones provides home-care formulators with a wide range of products to enhance cleaning agents and surpass consumer expectations.Cleaning Agenthttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/Cleaning-Agent.aspx
DielectricA set of electrical transformers, capacitors and resistors using silicone based technologySilicones for Dielectric Applications.Dielectrichttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/Dielectric.aspx
Hoses & TubesClose on the inside of a tube using silicone based technology.Elkem Silicones Hoses & Tubing Elastomers.Hoses & Tubeshttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/hoses-tubes.aspx
Industrial ReleaseA close on the creation of an industrial mold in a factory.Silicones Optimize Industrial Release Applications.Industrial Releasehttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/industrial-release.aspx
Mold MakingClose on the head of a statue for which the molding process used silicone.Silicone is used in a wide variety of industries to mold plastics, composites, rubber, metals, concrete and other materials.Mold Makinghttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/Mold-making.aspx
Potting & EncapsulationA printed circuit board.Electronics are increasingly present in our lives, from transport to handheld digital devices, via smart lighting systems and electrical grids.Potting & Encapsulationhttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/potting-and-encapsulation.aspx
Sealing, Bonding & Industrial AssemblyPicture of a white industrial robotic arm in a top end technological factory.​Industrial Sealing and Bonding Applications.Sealing, Bonding & Industrial Assemblyhttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/sealing-bonding-and-industrial-assembly.aspx
Synthetic LeatherGive the final touch to your synthetic leather with siliconesSynthetic Leatherhttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/Synthetic-Leather.aspx
Textile CoatingA blue water repealent textile recovered whit drops of water beading on it without infiltrating.Meet technical textiles’ challenges with Elkem Silicones.Textile Coatinghttps://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/Market_And_Application/Pages/Textile-Coating.aspx

 

 

Silicone Release Agents Reduce Costs A black tire.https://silicones.elkem.com/EN/Our_offer/KEC/Pages/CaseStudies/Silicone-Release-Agents-Reduce-Costs.aspxSilicone Release Agents Reduce Costs Elkem Silicones specialists worked closely with a tire maker to find an optimized tailor-made solution using Lyndcoat BR2512 as a base.

 

 

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LyndcoatA BluestarSilicones R&D employee presenting a tire using durable multi-release agents.https://silicones.elkem.com/EN/company/Research_And_Development/Pages/Lyndcoat.aspxLyndcoatHow do innovative silicone formulations enhance bladder release performance?
Silicones for Electronics PottingA computer circuit being inducted of silicone potting layer.https://silicones.elkem.com/EN/company/Research_And_Development/Pages/Silicones-for-Electronics-Potting.aspxSilicones for Electronics PottingPower electronics devices using IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors) operate at up to 200°C, that only new high temperature silicone-based potting materials can resist.