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Silicones are an indispensable material for our modern world, as they improve the efficiency and durability of other materials, enabling us to create new products. We at Mascherpa, who have been distributing them for many years, constantly strive to ensure that the products meet environmental requirements.

But what makes silicones so special? Due to their unique chemical composition, they are resistant to high temperatures, moisture, chemically inert and dielectric, and can take many forms. They can also be designed to perform a wide range of critical functions.

Dow’s silicones are used in many industries, such as automotive, construction, personal care, electronics and lighting, because they are efficient, durable and reliable. Due to their unique characteristics, they last longer and are more durable than most organic materials.

What makes silicones so versatile? Here are some of their key features:

  • Good consistency and spread: Silicones slide easily and evenly over surfaces that tend to form lumps with other materials.
  • Long-term elasticity, pliability and flexibility: When stretched, shaped and compressed, they will quickly return to their original shape.
  • Weathering resistance: Silicones are known for their long-term resistance to rain, sleet, snow, ozone, acid rain and damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.
  • Stability under harsh conditions: Silicones are highly resistant to damage and degradation caused by extreme temperatures, thermal shock, chemicals and oxidation.
  • Resistance to aging: Silicones do not harden, crumble, dry out, rot or become brittle with age, as is the case with organic carbon-based materials.
  • Inertia: Silicones do not react with most materials unless they are designed to do so
  • Water repellency: Silicone materials are naturally hydrophobic, making them suitable for all kinds of waterproofing applications.
  • Strong adhesion property: Silicones can provide exceptional adhesion, even between substrates that cannot normally be bonded with other materials.
  • Excellent dielectric properties: Silicones are highly valued as electrical insulators and help protect the integrity of wires, cables and electrical circuits.

The different forms

Silicones come in many forms: from flowable resins, to rigid plastics, to flexible rubbers, to greases and powders, to fluids thinner than water or denser than paste. From these basic classes of silicone materials, thousands of unique silicone products have been made to meet the needs of designers and manufacturers around the world, here are some of them:

Adhesives and sealants

If you need silicone adhesives or sealants for automotive, construction, or PCB assembly, check out our adhesives and sealants. might be right for you. Learn about adhesive sealant: DOWSIL EA-2626

Thermally conductive materials

Heat and stress are the enemies of today’s circuit board components. The portfolio of thermo-conductive silicones we offer as suppliers enables a simple solution for your most sensitive assemblies. Learn about silicone thermal conductive paste: ELECTROLUBE HTS

Silicones, silicone hybrids and silanes

Today, these products are key to the development of new materials in a wide range of areas, with greater reliability and better performance. discover silicone with silani: DOWSIL EA-9189

Gels, encapsulants, and conformal coatings

To protect electronic components from moisture, dirt, shock, vibration, and other harsh environmental factors, turn to Dow’s line of gels and encapsulants, discover silicone encapsulant: DOWSIL EE-3200