The XIAMETER web-enabled business model from Dow Corning is launching a new set of silicone rubbers to better serve its customers, especially in China and the Asia region.
The rubbers, made in Dow Corning's manufacturing sites in Zhangjiagang and Shanghai, are available through the XIAMETER website, and include three newly developed fumed-silica filled silicone rubbers.
"The combination of our growing manufacturing capacity in China and the efficient way that our expanded XIAMETER business model allows customers to purchase products will benefit manufacturers throughout Asia," said Shelley Bausch, XIAMETER global executive director. "The additional capacity in China will also make high-quality, proven, standard silicone rubber products more readily available for customers in other parts of the world from our other plants."
Fumed-silica filled silicone rubber is widely used in food contact consumer goods, wire and cable and other various rubber fabrication applications due to its high physical properties such as tear strength and elongation.
"We have more than 40 years experience in producing fumed-silica filled silicone rubbers across the globe," said Bausch.
Introduced by Dow Corning in 2002 as the first of its kind in the silicone marketplace and unrivaled to date, the XIAMETER business model allows customers to purchase high quality, standard silicones ranging from rubber bases and compounds to dimethyl fluids and emulsions, to sealants and silanes at market-driven prices online. These materials are widely used as performance enhancers by multiple industries, including personal care, textile, energy, construction and automotive where they provide qualities such as durability, stability, adhesion and weather resistance.
In June, Dow Corning announced that the XIAMETER business would feature double the number of standard silicone products than previously available, a new order entry platform with enhanced self-service functionality, volume quantity options, and the ability to buy from distributors for the first time.