Bluestar Silicones bringing liquid silicone rubber materials to US

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: April 8, 2013 11:13 am ET
Updated: April 8, 2013 1:53 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Medical

ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Bluestar Silicones offers new liquid silicone rubber products that offer high tear strength and high elongation for cushioning and vibration-damping applications such as medical masks and prosthetics.

With 1-durometer Shore A hardness, Silbione LSR 4301 was introduced during 2012 in Europe and is scheduled for use soon in the U.S. market. Other products with 5- and 10-durometer Shore A hardness are also new.

There are some driver applications in Europe, said Karen O'Keefe, health-care market manager with East Brunswick, N.J.-based Blue Silicones USA Corp. The business has 140 employees and is finding increased interest from the health-care and medical markets. Bluestar also makes silicones for film, paper, textile and personal-care uses.

"Bluestar was the only one with a 1-durometer [material]," said O'Keefe, who attended Medical Design & Manufacturing West, held Feb. 11-14 in Anaheim. "It took all of 2012 to develop" the commercial version.

Separately during 2012, Bluestar Silicones filed for patent protection on a silicone foam technology for health-care uses.

Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan recognized the technology with a 2012 European product differentiation award. The technology involves low-density, open-cell silicone foam for flexible and breathable applications that require durability.

The elastomeric Silbione RT foam is made from a two-component silicone system that is cured at room temperature.

In addition to soft LSR technologies, the business for health-care applications makes high-consistency rubber, room-temperature vulcanized silicones, skin-adhesive tacky gels, cushioning gels and permanent adhesives.

Bluestar Silicones USA conducts research and development and manufactures most of its health-care products at its 260,000-square-foot facility in York, S.C., which it acquired in September 2011. York County provided Bluestar with incentives including a 43 percent property tax reduction for 30 years, reimbursement for a portion of the personal withholding on each additional job and a credit applicable to income taxes, said Mark Farris, director of the York County Economic Development Board.

The plant is set up as a white room and could be converted to a clean room, O'Keefe said.

Worldwide operations for Bluestar Silicones are based in Lyon, France, and have annual sales of about $650 million. Bluestar Silicones reports within China National Bluestar (Group) Co. Ltd. of Beijing, a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corp.


Comments

Bluestar Silicones bringing liquid silicone rubber materials to US

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: April 8, 2013 11:13 am ET
Updated: April 8, 2013 1:53 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

DuPont resins help take Nike golf balls 'Fore!'ward

July 25, 2014 1:07 pm ET

It may be difficult to imagine just how much science, not to mention rubber and plastic components, go into a golf ball. But global giant DuPont Co....    More

Image

Bioplastics maker wins government funding

July 25, 2014 12:13 pm ET

Canadian bioplastics maker Solegear Bioplastics Inc. has won $1.6 million in funding from the government-sponsored Western Innovation Initiative...    More

Image

Report: biodegradeable plastics use in Europe to grow 12 percent

July 25, 2014 10:25 am ET

The biodegradable plastics market in Europe is forecast to witness 12 percent compound growth during 2014-19, according to TechSci Research's...    More

Image

Prices trending up for some recycled resins

July 24, 2014 1:27 pm ET

Plastics News is correcting prices for recycled grades of several commodity resins on this week's resin pricing chart.    More

Meredian merging with Danimer Scientific

July 24, 2014 1:59 pm ET

Bioplastics maker Meredian Inc. is merging with its sister firm, Danimer Scientific LLC.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recyclers Data Report & Directory

This exclusive MS Excel database contains all the companies from Plastics News' ranking of top North American Recyclers and Brokers by reprocessed volume and also includes a directory with materials processes, services offered and company contact information. Data is based on primary research by PN editorial staff.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events