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Momentive Custom Elastomers: Ready-to-Use Silicone Elastomer Compounds

September 28, 2009

Substantial Investments in Quality and Capacity Implemented at Momentive’s Custom Elastomers Center Near Manchester

ALBANY, N.Y., September 28, 2009 — Silicone rubber elastomers are used extensively across the automotive, consumer goods, healthcare and high voltage insulation markets. Their ability to be used in extreme operating temperatures, as well as their ozone resistance, electrical conductivity, flame resistance and physiological inertness make them an excellent choice to consider for a wide variety of elastomeric parts.

“Ready-to-Use” Customized Silicone Rubber Compounds

Momentive custom elastomers eliminate the need to compromise when designing elastomeric components. They are among the widest range of silicone rubber materials available today, able to meet varying but exacting cost, durability and performance standards. Momentive Custom Elastomers are engineered to help give customers a competitive advantage and the opportunity to generate new business within a variety of applications.

Service & Response, Quality, Consistency

Made-to-order products and fast delivery were previously mutually exclusive. Now, with Momentive’s enhanced custom elastomer service, customers can typically achieve the precise specification of each silicone rubber compound they require within a short lead-time. This service can help customers avoid the drawbacks of self-mixing, such as investment in costly production equipment, holding inventory and unnecessary additional processing. Custom elastomers can provide a number of important benefits, including:

  • Made-to-order batches, ensuring material is delivered in its freshest state, with maximum shelf life
  • Customer specific grades, which help eliminate the need to hold multiple base products, thus reducing inventory levels and improving working capital
  • Custom formulation, format and supply, to enhance productivity

Whether the priority is performance, processing or specification – or whether end use is in healthcare, automotive, consumer goods, electrical/electronics or aerospace – Momentive can often offer a faster, more productive and simpler solution.

Custom Solutions Within Days

To support this fast-growing segment, Momentive has drawn upon its world-class technical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities. Highly skilled compound specialists can formulate a product to meet specifications, or help to develop a product to optimize the given production process in operation. Momentive will normally provide a qualified response within 24 hours from a professional Momentive compound specialist, who can bring custom compounding expertise directly on-site to test solutions, on customers’ own equipment. The focused development team is working hand in hand with customers all over Europe and Middle East to meet their application needs.

Why Silicone Custom Elastomers?

While it technically possible to mix Silicone Compounds in customer-owned mixing plants, it is normally not favored, in order to avoid cross-contamination of other organic elastomers. Momentive’s compounding center near Manchester in the United Kingdom is a dedicated compounding site that specializes in silicone compounds exclusively. This includes the platinum-catalyzed Addisil* product line, manufactured in a dedicated production area, as well as peroxide curable HCR and fluorosilicone compounds.

“In times of economic uncertainty and cost pressure, our customers need to win both on service and technology,” said Jonathan Chard, Leader of the Custom Compound Business of Momentive in Europe. “Ready to use custom elastomers can deliver materials formulated for each exact application, delivered quickly and providing multiple process benefits. Our customers value having direct access to the marketing and development resources of a global silicone supplier, in combination with the focused offering we give them”.

Momentive custom elastomers are available from dedicated local manufacturing sites in Europe, USA, Brazil, India and China. For more information about this innovative silicone technology, please visit us at Fakuma 2009 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, October 12-17, 2009 at Momentive Performance Materials booth 2107, Hall B2.

About Momentive Performance Materials

Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is a premier specialty materials company, providing hightechnology materials solutions to the silicones, quartz and ceramics markets. The company, as a global leader with worldwide operations, has a robust product portfolio, an enduring tradition of service excellence, and industry-leading research and development capabilities. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is controlled by an affiliate of Apollo Management, L.P. Additional information is available at www.momentive.com.

*Addisil is a trademark of Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

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