Metallurgical silicon to silicone producers
The silicone industry is a major part of Elkem's sales of silicon. We have cooperated closely with our European and American customers through several years to develop optimal products and the best logistics.
From our plants in Norway, we offer our customers a product with a stable quality and controlled amount of impurities. Our silicon is mainly sold on long-term contracts.
In the chemical industry, silicon is the basic raw material for producing silicone, a synthetic polymer (a string of long molecular chains) with special and varying properties. Silicones have stable thermal properties, are resistant to decomposition and chemicals, and are biologically adaptable.
Silicones are used in a variety of applications such as lubricants, sealing compounds, cosmetics, textiles, paint, cosmetics, electrical insulation materials for medical equipment, chips for use in electronic equipment, computers and car parts.
In the chemical segment, metallurgical silicon is also used for the production of fumed silica. Final products include plastic articles, such as rubber and tyres, and segments based on silicones.
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