PSTC 2022

Stop by and visit us at the upcoming Tape Summit to be held on May 2nd & 5th

Please join Kyle Rhodes, Regional Market Manager, Release Coatings and PSAs, at the PSTC Conference on Wednesday, May 4th. He will discuss the chemistry and the mechanisms behind how RCAs work within the structure of the polymers. Kyle has a Master’s degree in Chemistry and has spent most of his 25+ years working in the silicone industry. His experience with silicone pressure sensitive adhesives and silicone chemistry provides valuable insight into the mechanics of how these work. Kyle also serves as North American president of CELAB.

The modification of Release Force with Release Control Additive 

The force required to peel a liner from the adhesive can be modified to achieve a target release value by adding release control additives to the silicone release coating. These modifiers, also called Controlled Release Additives (CRA) or Release Control Additives (RCA), are typically used when a higher level of force is needed to separate the liner from the adhesive. The interaction between the silicone chain length and the chemistry of the polymer affects the RCA loading. An evaluation of each system is needed to determine which RCA is needed and can be tailored to match the coating process and end use application.

Release Control Additives (RCA’s) Deliver Release Force Modifications

Creating Differential Release to Avoid a Sticky Situation

Elkem’s commitment to Sustainability

All known technological solutions for the green transition require advanced materials.  Silicones, silicon and carbon solutions are critical enablers and this is one of the most significant ways for Elkem to have an impact; by ensuring durable and sustainable supply to the green transition towards a low carbon future.

Elkem is committed to take a leading position in reducing the impacts of climate change. Elkem's ambition is to reduce the company's fossil CO2 footprint by increasing renewable carbon sources and developing innovative production processes. With a fully integrated value chain from upstream silicon to silicones and their downstream uses, it is vital to manage the environmental production footprint.

Elkem continues to prove leadership in sustainability and climate reporting transparency confirmed with our Platinum rating on Ecovadis and A- rating on CDP Climate.

Read more at Sustainability | Elkem.com

About Elkem Silicones

Elkem Silicones has more than 4 200 employees dedicated to delivering your potential by providing you innovative silicone solutions with a personal touch. Elkem Silicones, a division of Elkem, is a global leader in fully integrated silicone manufacturing, operating 14 multi-functional manufacturing sites and 13 Research & Innovation centers around the globe. Elkem Silicones offers a full range of silicone technologies for diverse specialty markets including aerospace, automotive, construction, renewable energy, healthcare, paper coatings, personal care and textiles. Elkem Silicones is committed to create new, innovative and green solutions and business models that promote a sustainable future. To learn more, please visit Elkem Silicones Website

About Elkem ASA

Elkem is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced material solutions shaping a better and more sustainable future. The company develops silicones, silicon products and carbon solutions by combining natural raw materials, renewable energy and human ingenuity. Elkem helps its customers create and improve essential innovations like electric mobility, digital communications, health and personal care as well as smarter and more sustainable cities. With a strong track record since 1904, its global team of more than 7,000 people has a joint commitment to stakeholders: Delivering your potential. In 2021, Elkem was rated among the world’s leading companies on climate, with a roadmap towards net zero emissions by 2050, and achieved an operating income of NOK 33.7 billion. Elkem is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: ELK). To learn more, please visit Elkem Website