Bluestar Silicones expands in long-term implant market

Chris Sweeney
RUBBER & PLASTICS NEWS

Published: March 19, 2014 10:11 am ET
Updated: March 19, 2014 10:14 am ET

Christopher York

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Medical, Materials Suppliers

YORK, S.C. — Bluestar Silicones USA Corp. will expand its presence in the global health care market by supporting select long-term implant applications.

The firm said its facility in York will be its global center for the company's implant-grade liquid silicone rubber, high consistency rubber and room temperature vulcanized rubber. The facility opened in 2012 and includes clean rooms, enhanced systems and a research and development facility.

Bluestar said it already has created jobs at York and expects that process to continue as the business grows.

“Our goal is to create a real impact in this zone,” said Christopher York, president of Bluestar Silicones North America. “It's a very large marketplace, and we are an active participant on the specialties side. We're now set up with our site in York to expand upon our footprint and really show that we are here to stay.”

York said the South Carolina facility is the first milestone in the implementation of the firm's 10-year strategic plan to position Bluestar Silicones as a significant silicones player in the North American and global health care markets.

The firm was involved with implantables in the past, before it spun off from Rhodia Group. York said Rhodia pulled out of the implantables market in 2003.

“We've been in the health care industry for a long time, and it was a natural evolution for us,” York said. “With the new site we put in place in York, we've designed this plant to support the health care industry by putting in clean rooms, new labs, pilot facilities and invested in our people in order to support a greater spectrum of opportunities in the health care industry.”

Bluestar has plans for the York facility to support all long-term implantable applications around the world, York said. The facility is a combination of a number of sites Bluestar acquired over the years.

Its facilities in Toronto; Troy, N.Y.; Ventura, Calif.; and Rock Hill, S.C., combined for 90,000 square feet. Bluestar has consolidated those facilities into its 236,000-square-foot York facility. York said the new facility gives Bluestar some breathing room to install new workshops and bring competencies it has around the world to its U.S. customers.

“Focused long-term growth in the implant market is a natural evolution for Bluestar Silicones,” Bluestar Silicones CEO Pascal Chalvon Demersay said in a statement.

“We have a strong global base in health care, and now, with our new cutting-edge facility in York, we are well-positioned to build upon the momentum we've gained.”

Bluestar Silicones is a $650 million worldwide silicones raw material provider, headquartered in Lyon, France. Paper release, textile coatings, specialty fluids and automotive are some of the main industries Bluestar serves in addition to medical.


Comments

Bluestar Silicones expands in long-term implant market

Chris Sweeney
RUBBER & PLASTICS NEWS

Published: March 19, 2014 10:11 am ET
Updated: March 19, 2014 10:14 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Ukraine's Group DF may be forced to sell Crimea-based additives plant

July 28, 2014 10:12 am ET

Group DF, the industrial business of Ukrainian tycoon Dmitry Firtash, may be forced to sell off Eastern Europe's biggest producer of titanium oxide,...    More

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

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