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Why use silicone-free products?

Silicones are organosilicon compounds with excellent chemical, thermal, electrical and physiological properties. Silicones are used in a variety of ways as elastomers, resins, fats/oils and as adhesives.

Silicones can be present in:

  • textiles

  • Items with parts made of silicone rubber

  • Adhesives and sealants

  • lubricants

  • release agents and plasticizers

  • Personal care, hygiene products and detergents

  • Water-repellent packaging materials and adhesive labels (backing films)

However, the hydrophobic properties of silicones and the more or less pronounced tendency for volatile components to outgas depending on the crosslinking system are highly problematic in painting technology and adhesive technology, where optimal wetting and adhesion are important. The same applies to cleanroom applications where any form of outgassing is undesirable.

Silicones therefore belong to the “LABS”, an abbreviation for the term “substances that interfere with paint wetting”. This comes from painting technology and describes all those substances that lead to craters or other defects on the surface during painting. However, LABS are not only silicones, but also substances such as oils, fats, graphite, waxes, paraffins and talc.

In principle, we do not use silicone in any form in our products and therefore label them as “silicone-free” or “silicone-free”.

In conventional heating systems, silicone is often used as a (cheap) electrical insulation material or as an adhesive. If silicone-free is relevant to you, please ask the manufacturer of your heaters whether they are really silicone-free.

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