ANAHEIM, CALIF.(February 12, 2013) – Bluestar Silicones will show its Silbione® brand soft silicone technologies at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference (Booth #1761), February 12-14. These technologies include low durometer liquid silicone rubber (LSR), room temperature vulcanized (RTV) silicones, gels and skin adhesives, and it’s new patent pending silicone foam. Technical Leader Dr. Umar Latif, Ph.D., will present “Soft Silicones Offer Unique Advantages for Healthcare Applications,” in the Innovation Brief Theater on Thursday, February 14 at 11:30 a.m.
According to Dr. Latif, unique physical performance attributes such as high tear strength and elongation, can now be achieved in very low durometer soft silicones, enabling a much broader range of applications in the healthcare arena.Bluestar Silicones new 1 Shore A hardness product, Silbione LSR 4301, uniquely combines strong physical properties and easy processing in a low-durometer material. The product rounds out Bluestar’s -05 and -10 ShA soft LSR range, delivering high tear strength and high elongation for soft cushioning and vibration dampening applications.
The company’s patent pending silicone foam technology offers low density open cell silicone foam for flexible, breathable yet durable applications. This innovation was honored as Frost & Sullivan’s Product Differentiation Award in 2012.In addition to its soft silicone technologies, Bluestar Silicones offers a full range of silicone technologies for the healthcare industry including LSR, high consistency rubbers (HCR), room-temperature vulcanized silicones (RTVs), skin adhesive tacky gels, cushioning gels and permanent adhesives. Most of these healthcare grade technologies are manufactured locally at Bluestar Silicones’ new facility located in York, S.C., which opened in June 2012.
About Dr. Latif
Dr. Umar Latif, Ph.D. is the Technical Service Manager for Bluestar Silicones’ Elastomeric Markets. His areas of expertise include LSR, HCR, RTV, gel, skin adhesive and foam silicone technologies. Dr. Latif holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in polymer chemistry/silicone polymers from City University of New York. He completed his B.S. in chemical technology and biotechnology from Saint-Petersburg State Institute of Technology, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
About Bluestar Silicones
With worldwide operations headquartered in Lyon, France, Bluestar Silicones is a $650 million worldwide silicones raw material manufacturer. The company is one of the world’s leading fully integrated global silicones manufacturers with more than 60 years of silicone expertise. Bluestar Silicones has manufacturing operations throughout the world and combines upstream silicon metal operations and capacity with downstream silicone market and application development expertise. The company offers a comprehensive range of silicone technologies in support of diverse specialty markets including paper release, textile coatings, healthcare, moldmaking, automotive, aerospace, and personal care.
For more information: www.bluestarsilicones.com.