Injection Moldable Elastomer forms resiliant vehicle parts.

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Designed to automotive engine temperature, fuel, and oil resistance specifications, Silastic® 100% Fluoro Liquid Silicone Rubber (F-LSR) enables parts to operate consistently while in contact with aggressive fuels, chemicals, lubricants, and oils. Parts manufactured with this fully fluorinated, 2-part solution can also withstand temperatures from -60 to +220°C.



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Dow Corning Introduces Silastic® 100% F-LSR



Breakthrough for Extreme-temperature, Fuel-resistant parts for Automotive Manufacturing

Dow Corning today introduced Silastic® 100% Fluoro Liquid Silicone Rubber (F-LSR), a new fully fluorinated two-part injection moldable elastomer designed to meet increasingly stringent automotive engine temperature, fuel and oil resistance specifications while improving environmental sustainability during manufacturing.

This breakthrough solution combines the ease of processing of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) with the temperature and fuel resistance characteristics of fluorosilicone rubber (FSR) to improve manufacturing efficiency and part performance.

"Designers no longer have to trade off between part performance and manufacturing costs," said Rachelle Jacques, Dow Corning automotive market leader. "Silastic 100% F-LSR provides added design freedom. It is easy to work with, maintains its properties across extreme high and low temperatures, and enables parts to operate consistently while in contact with aggressive fuels, chemicals, lubricants and oils."

Silastic 100% F-LSR provides labor savings, higher equipment capacity and reduced scrap rates to customers currently using high consistency fluorosilicone rubber. Automated injection molding with Silastic 100% F-LSR makes possible the production of intricately-designed, high-quality, high-precision parts. In addition, LSR injection molders can now supply fuel resistant parts.

Parts manufactured with Silastic 100% F-LSR are able to withstand harsh temperatures from -60°C to +220°C, fuel, chemical, lubricant and oil environments, and outperform parts manufactured with the existing copolymer fluorosilicone options. This translates into greater durability and extended part-life.

Silastic 100% F-LSR is particularly well-suited for co-molding on thin, high-precision and intricate parts with close tolerances in automotive, aerospace, appliance, business machine and electrical applications where harsh environments exists.

Silastic 100% F-LSR complements the existing line of Silastic® LSRs. It is easier to mix and process than high consistency FSRs, and can be processed at lower temperatures than standard Silastic LSR.

Marco Pagliani and Emmanuel Bravais from Dow Corning Engineered Elastomers will present Silastic 100% F-LSR at High Performance Elastomers 2007 at 5:00 pm, December 5th in Frankfurt, Germany.

About Dow Corning Engineered Elastomers
For nearly 50 years, OEM manufacturers and fabricators have relied on Dow Corning's silicone rubber formulation expertise and performance materials. Serving a wide range of customer markets from automotive and aerospace to power systems and high-volume consumer product manufactures, Dow Corning is a leading world producer of silicone rubber. To learn more about Dow Corning Engineered Elastomer, visit http://www.dowcorning.com/rubber.

About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (www.dowcorning.com) provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation, offering more than 7,000 products and services, Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States.

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