Wilton, Conecticut--GE Silicones has announced that it has expanded its capacity for silanes used in the production of tyres and other high-performance products. Using a proprietary process designed by GE engineers, production start-up commenced in the third quarter of 2004, and last week additional capacity was brought on-line to meet the high demand for this new technology. GE's NXT silane is produced at a plant in Texas City, Texas. GE declined to disclose its investment in the new capacity for competitive reasons.
"Demand has been very strong for our new NXT silane that helps enable fast and easy dispersion of silica during rubber compounding for silica tyres," said Dr. Ian Moore, general manager for GE's global silanes business. "We are focusing resources on new products and processes, and this is another move in our long-term strategy for growth in the silica tire segment. In fewer than 24 months of design and construction, we developed and deployed an innovative process that delivers vastly increased capacity for silanes."
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Pres release from GE Silicones