25.10.2021

Elkem Silicones wins in the Mechanical Materials category of the 2021 R&D 100 Awards with its AMSil™ & AMSil SILBIONE™ range.

Lyon, 22nd September 2021 - Elkem silicones has been declared a winner in the renowned worldwide competition of the 2021 R&D 100 awards in the Mechanical Materials category with the AMSil™ & AMSil SILBIONE™ range in the virtual ceremony broadcast in its 59th year from Cleveland, Ohio by R&D World magazine.

The latest Silicone technologies for Additive manufacturing/3D printing 

To answer challenges megatrends, Elkem Silicones created a brand-new technology, called AMSil™ & AMSil SILBIONE™ series, to make functional parts based on silicone elastomer by additive manufacturing/3D printing.

  • AMSil™ 20000 series for use in industrial & food grade applications (aerospace, automotive, electronics, equipment etc.). The AMSil™ series will allow silicones to be used by AM/3DP in digital, connected and distributed manufacturing (Industry 4.0) for a more efficient and sustainable production methods.
  • AMSil™ Silbione™ 24000 series for use in restricted medical applications. Elkem Silicones is committed to improve the quality of life of the ageing population by combining the performances, the durability and biocompatibility of silicones with additive manufacturing.

Collaborative business development approach in 3D

In line with the open innovation strategy that we support within our Elkem group, we work close to industrial partners in various industries to develop innovative solution in Additive Manufacturing with silicone materials. No doubt that this award demonstrates the outstanding accomplishment for Elkem Innovation overall!

“Leveraging on the versatility of different silicone technologies in combination with the potential of Additive Manufacturing will enhance and open new opportunities in the endless field of applications of todays and future needs to deliver the potential of our customers.” says Karsten Schlichter Program Manager AM/3DP, Elkem Silicones.

We will build on this award to ramp up cooperation with new key strategic industrial partners.

Recently, Eriks and Elkem Silicones teamed up for silicone 3D printing development. 

As part of this partnership, Elkem Silicones will supply products from the AMSil™ range which will be used by Eriks to produce flexible silicone parts.

Disruptive silicone solutions

Elkem Silicones has historical and strong Open Innovation relationships with a diversity of partners like academic laboratories, universities, industry clusters, industrials platforms, and manufacturers. Collaborative research projects such as European projects and scale-up with industrial platforms are part of our know-how. 

To reinforce this ecosystem, Elkem Silicones innovation teams are willing to develop more and more collaboration with new business partners. 

“At Elkem Silicones, we have a unique and collaborative approach combining marketing strategy and technology scouting with new partners. We provide our expertise in silicones from co-development projects to technology transfer in order to create disruptive business solutions.” declares Laurent Dumont, VP Business Development and Strategic Marketing, Elkem Silicones.

In line with Elkem commitments for the future

3D Printing fits in with Elkem’s climate Roadmap. Digital and connected, it has many technical advantages and makes a lot of sense when it comes to shifting to a more sustainable production and consumption. Additive Manufacturing allows for a very local production, with no shelf-life threat nor scale economies - that often implies mass production - and makes prototyping and small batch sizes easy. Not only will it help our customers reduce waste but also save on transportation and storage costs, two big contributors to the total carbon footprint of end-products.

Elkem’s commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability is central to our business strategy. Our mission is to provide advanced material solutions shaping a better and more sustainable future, adding value to our stakeholders globally.

Elkem defines sustainability work as continuous efforts to maximise our positive impact on the environment and societies around us, as well as to minimise any negative impact. As a global company, we affect the environment and communities around the world every day. And through the products we make, we have a foot print in our supply chain and make new solutions possible.

Disclosure is a primary part of this engagement, and we can proudly state that in 2020, Elkem received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and was ranked by CDP in the Climate A List.

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 13 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, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, paper, 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 6,800 people has a joint commitment to stakeholders: Delivering your potential. In 2020, Elkem was rated among the world’s top 5% on climate and achieved an operating income of NOK 24.7 billion. Elkem is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: ELK). To learn more, please visit Elkem Website