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Momentive to Expand Production of Silanes to Meet Growing Demands for their Products

Published on 2011-08-26. Author : SpecialChem

ALBANY -- Momentive Performance Materials Inc. announced that it will expand production capacity for silanes at its manufacturing facilities in Sistersville, W. Va., and Termoli, Italy to help meet growing demand from its global customer base, particularly in China, for these versatile products.

Momentive's silanes, marketed under the trademarks Silquest™, CoatOSil™, NXT™ and XL-PEarl™, and silane-based SPUR+™ prepolymers have a diverse range of specialty applications. They are used in a number of industries, including automotive, tire, coatings, adhesives and sealants, construction, durable goods and electronics. Momentive is a global leader in providing customers with advanced silane technology, applications development and customer support.

Capacity for amino silanes will be increased at the Sistersville location and capacity for vinyl silanes will be increased at Termoli. Also, Momentive will resume production for trimethoxysilane (TMS), Silquest A-187™ epoxy silane and Silquest A-174™ methacryl silane at the Sistersville location before the end of the year. Projects are underway at both sites, and completion is expected in 2012. In addition to the Sistersville and Termoli manufacturing facilities, Momentive produces silane additives in Japan, Germany, Brazil and Waterford, N.Y.

"These investments in manufacturing capacity will enable us to bring innovative silane technologies and products to the industry more quickly and better serve our customers' growing need for these materials," said Rich Owins, Global Business Director - Silanes, Momentive Performance Materials. "Our customers in the plastic additives, adhesives, sealants, tire and coatings and other industries are increasingly turning to our cutting-edge silanes formulations to provide enhanced performance characteristics in their end products."

"We will continue to evaluate additional expansion opportunities in key world regions to support our customers and the growing global demand," Owins added.

Silanes are used as coupling agents, crosslinking agents and surface modifiers and can impart improved physical properties in various specialty products and applications. These range from fuel-saving silica tires and high performance coatings, to adhesives, sealants, and wire and cable jacketing and insulation.

Silanes are used in various organic materials, such as coatings, adhesives and sealants, silica and fiberglass, to help those materials bond to a variety of surfaces, including rubber, glass, metal, stone and plastic, and other more challenging substrates, such as PVC, acrylics and polylaminates. As coupling agents, crosslinking agents and surface modifiers, silanes can be used to promote better adhesion and easier mixing under a variety of conditions. Depending on the application, silanes can also enhance certain surface properties, help avoid corrosion and improve thermal stability, hardness, chemical and moisture resistance, wet traction, rolling resistance, flow, leveling, coefficient of friction and other desired characteristics.

About Momentive Performance Mterials, Inc.

Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is one of the global leaders in silicones and advanced materials, with a 70+ year heritage of being first to market with performance applications for major industries that support and improve everyday life. The Company delivers science-based solutions, by linking custom technology platforms to opportunities for customers.

About the New Momentive

Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC is the ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (collectively, the "new Momentive"). The new Momentive is one of the global leaders in specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support and improve everyday life. The company uses its technology portfolio to deliver tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world. The new Momentive was formed in October 2010 through the combination of entities that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. The capital structures and legal entity structures of both Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.), and their respective subsidiaries and direct parent companies, remain separate. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. file separate financial and other reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new Momentive is controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC.

Source: Momentive

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