The global silanes market was valued at US$1.48 billion in 2016, states Research and Markets in its new report, ‘Silane Market Analysis By Product, And By Region and Segment Forecast, 2014 – 2025’. Projections are for the market to achieve CAGR of 4.3 per cent from 2017 to 2025 owing to the rising global demand for the product in paints and coatings, and it is expected to reach $2.15 billion by 2025.
A new research and development laboratory will facilitate Momentive Performance Materials’ testing and development of advanced compounds for the tyre industry. The 1,860-square metre (20,000-square foot) centre is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been set up with an investment of US$3.5 million. Momentive says it is “staffed by some of the industry’s foremost tyre researchers.” The silicones and advanced materials specialist intends for the facility to serve as a global hub for the discovery and development of new silane materials that can help tyre makers deliver products with lower rolling resistance, better wet traction and advanced performance.
At this year’s Tire Technology Expo, Evonik will present its new cradle to grave Life Cycle Assessment of the environmental impact resulting from tyre treads based on silica/silane and S-SBR in comparison to tyre treads based on carbon black and E-SBR rubber.
Officials from the German city of Leverkusen and the Chempark chemical park joined Momentive Performance Materials Inc. at the official groundbreaking of its new manufacturing facility on 26 January. The company intends to invest US$30 million to build a dedicated manufacturing capacity for its NXT silane products in the European market. The new facility will join Momentive’s existing Leverkusen operations and network of 24 manufacturing sites located around the world.
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. has acquired the operating assets of Sea Lion Technology, Inc. located in Texas City, Texas. Sea Lion is a contract chemical manufacturer that has manufactured silane products for Momentive for more than a decade, including silanes sold under Momentive’s NXT brand. The Texas City facility will continue to manufacture NXT silane as an integrated part of Momentive’s global supply chain, joining the company’s 24 other manufacturing facilities located around the world.
The new silanes competence centre Evonik Industries has built over the last two years is now officially open. The centre, at the company’s Rheinfelden site in Germany, was set up with a “low two-digit million euro” investment and will help Evonik continue to develop its research and development in the area of silane technology. The centre’s 100 employees are housed in a four-storey, 3,500 square metre building that contains state-of-the-art laboratories and, in addition to its R&D function, is now home to Evonik’s Applied Technology, Analytics, and Quality Management departments.
Some six weeks after inaugurating its new tyre applied technology research building, Evonik Industries has broken ground on a new research centre at its site in Rheinfelden, Germany. The company says it is investing a “double-digit million euro” figure in the new four-storey facility, which as of early 2016 will be used for research into silanes for tyre industry and other applications. Application engineering, analytics, and quality management functions will also be located in the new centre in future.