GS to talk about vegan interior materials for cars at Smart Automotive Surfaces 2021


Material innovation in silicone rubber creates vegan leather for smart touch controls

Hsinchu, Taiwan – Sep 23, 2021 – General Silicones (GS), board member of FlexTech Taiwan, announces that he will share how innovations in silicone material properties enable mass production and integration of smart surfaces in the automotive industry. The presentation will be given by Dr Anupam Mukherjee, Technical Director at the R&D Center of General Silicones, at the Smart Automotive Surfaces 2021 conference on October 7.

An ecological vegan material for touch surfaces of cars

Dr Mukherjee will present Compo-SiL®, a silicone rubber-based material that acts like vegan leather for panels and upholstery while providing a haptic feel for touch surfaces and the ability to be integrated into electronics. GS solved the problem of low wettability of cured silicone rubber with its unique patented technology that overcomes the challenge that excluded silicone rubber as a material for wider use. Compo-SiL® is a green material that combines all the advantages offered by silicone in a vegan leather capable of integrating with traditional and flexible hybrid electronics.

A sustainable material to replace e-plastic

Compo-SiL® is a vegan leather environmentally friendly and low carbon footprint. Customers use it as an alternative to animal skin materials and polymer-based imitation leather materials. It has excellent mechanical strength, adjustable elasticity, acts as a flame retardant and its patented technology allows surface adhesion with standard industrial adhesives during mass production.

Digitally printable with editable surface properties

GS modifies silicone rubber during manufacturing to achieve embossing and coloring according to customers’ requirements. For locations that require a firm grip with non-slip properties, the friction coefficient of the material is changed to provide higher strength. Unique for silicone rubber sheets is the ability for customers to digitally print the modified surface of Compo-SiL® silicone sheets with custom prints and designs in mass production.

Successful partnerships

GS is already working successfully with automotive component manufacturers and touchscreen suppliers to integrate Compo-SiL® solutions based on automotive interiors and touch panels. GS partners have developed high-performance surfaces without compromising on comfort, innovations and respect for the environment with Compo-SiL®. During his presentation, Dr Mukherjee will present other advancements and prototypes demonstrating how Compo-SiL® can be harnessed to push the boundaries of innovation for the next generations of smart cars, where green innovation is a must. Anupam Mukherjee said: “We believe Compo-SiL® opens the door to innovation in the transportation industry that can take advantage of the many beneficial properties that silicone rubber has to offer over plastic polymers. He added, “Our goal is to provide environmentally friendly solutions for people’s daily lives, including cars, homes, offices, schools, hospitals and other places.

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About general silicones

General Silicones (GS) was founded in 1970 in Taipei, Taiwan, and is now represented worldwide, including Europe, China, Japan, and countries in Southeast Asia. GS is a leading distributor of silicone materials and an active manufacturer of silicone products with ISO 9001, IATF 16949 and ISO 14001 certifications. The company has manufacturing plants in Hsinchu, Taiwan; Wujiang, China; and Bac Giang, Vietnam. With decades of experience in this field, GS has the ability and ability to provide a wide range of silicone products for many industries including medical, automotive, consumer products, electronics and the like. ‘computer science.

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