1.What is silicone?
Silicone is a synthetic polymer, derived from silicon metal. The nature of its origin gives it a number of significant advantages over conventional rubber polymers. Silicone is available in the form of rubbers, greases, and fluids.
2.Does the outside environment affect silicone?
No. Silicone is not affected by extremes of weather – hot, cold, dry, wet, or humid. It also has excellent resistance to UV and ozone degradation.
3.Silicone seems to be more expensive than other rubber, why is this?
Silicone is more expensive than most rubber types because it is a speciality high performance polymer with outstanding qualities. It is made in relatively low quantities and requires expensive and complicated primary manufacturing facilities.
4.In what colours is silicone available?
Silicone can be supplied in a very wide range of colours, including fluorescents, metallics, and even those that change colour with heat!
5.What equipment do I require to process silicone compound?
Silicone rubber compounds can in general be processed on conventional rubber processing machinery.