Semperit's Kristian Brok says the acquisition of Rico Group "ticked two boxes" for the company: Expanding Semperit's reach in the U.S. market and bringing LSR into the fold.
Cleaning liquid silicone rubber molded parts can be difficult, but is required for some applications.
The company's short move from Mogadore, Ohio, will have long-term benefits, as the company increased from about 14,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet.
Swiss firm Datwyler is adding machines and related two-component production capabilities to its Silao, Mexico, plant.
Ken Baker, CEO of Southampton, Pa.-based NewAge Industries Inc., tells the industry to embrace change in the face of today's challenges.
Wacker has invested more than $107.3 million to expand its global capacity of both LSR and HCR production.
Port congestion remains an issue, with 12 percent of global capacity effectively removed for several reasons, including COVID-19 and a lack of labor, while air freight is impacted by closures in the air space over Russia.
This is Datwyler's third production facility to be equipped with LSR production lines, after the plants in Cleebronn, Germany, and Wuxi, China.
Silicon metal, a critical material for the silicone rubber and electronics industries, is in short supply. Industry experts believe the crisis can be managed, but it's going to take a global effort.
As the mobility and transportation industry is focused on more sustainable solutions, Dow Inc. is increasing its global supply capabilities in silicone materials to support this.