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Momentive Introduces Latest UV Cure Addisil Silicone Elastomers for Medical Applications

SpecialChem / Jun 13, 2011

ALBANY, USA -- Momentive Performance Materials Inc., one of the leading global providers of silicones and advanced materials, has launched its newest advancements in UV (ultraviolet) fast cure, low temperature technology for silicone elastomers.

Momentive's Addisil* UV 60 EX elastomer, which can be cured on demand by exposure to UV light. The new elastomer is an excellent candidate for medical applications where both lower temperatures during the manufacturing process and typical silicone rubber physical properties are required.

"The Addisil platform can help drive innovation in medical device technology," said Lynn Colucci-Mizenko, Global Marketing Director at Momentive Performance Materials. "A particularly promising area is combination products where silicone rubber parts are combined with heat-sensitive materials. In these types of applications, Addisil's UV cure technology can enable medical device manufacturers to consider a much broader range of ingredients."

The use of Addisil UV 60 EX elastomer offers additional benefits, including minimal shrinkage, reduced air entrapment, shorter cure times and the potential for significant cost savings from the processing advantages of extrusion without heat. It can be used with existing silicone extrusion equipment and common UV light curing systems.

Addisil silicones for healthcare applications are produced at the Momentive Performance Materials custom compounding center in the UK. To better serve the needs of its customers in the healthcare and biotechnology industries, Momentive invested in upgrades to its Lostock, UK custom compounding center, including the addition of a highly controlled, dedicated pharmaceutical/medical processing area. The area is dedicated exclusively to the production of Addisil high quality elastomers that are excellent candidates to consider for use in healthcare applications. The facility uses rigorous quality assurance and quality control techniques. In addition to protecting the quality of its silicone elastomers, the dedicated area allows Momentive Performance Materials to shorten turnaround times for custom orders.

About Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

Momentive Performance Materials Inc. Is one of the global leaders in silicones and advanced materials, with a 70+ year heritage of being first to market with performance applications for major industries that support and improve everyday life. The company delivers science-based solutions, by linking custom technology platforms to opportunities for customers. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC.

About the New Momentive

Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC is the ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (collectively, the "new Momentive"). The new Momentive is one of the global leaders in specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support and improve everyday life. The company uses its technology portfolio to deliver tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world. The new Momentive was formed in 2010 through the combination of entities that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. The company is controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC.

Source: Momentive Performance Materials Inc.


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