Trends of tomorrow

Be prepared for the future of the silicone’s industry! Here are some articles showing some prospective in the manufacturing processes, the future industry and how the use of silicone will evolve.

recycling vehicles sustainable practices

Vehicle recycling: promoting sustainable practices in the automotive industry

In Europe, every year, nearly eight million vehicles are recycled. Automobiles are actually the world’s most recycled consumer product today. In fact, about 75% of the materials in a car can be recycled. Therefore, to prevent dumping end-of-life vehicles in...

/ July 11, 2017
pedestrian airbags

External airbags for pedestrian protection

With the latest technological innovations seen on the automobile market and the prospects of self-driving cars on the roads for the very near future, the automotive landscape is about to change. As the technologies improve, car manufacturers are proving their...

/ June 29, 2017
car manufacturers of tomorrow

Who will be the car manufacturers of tomorrow?

New players from the technology sector are appearing on the car manufacturing scene to turn self-driving cars into a reality. Initially, these tech companies focused on providing car manufacturers with technology to integrate into their vehicles; however, a few have...

/ June 15, 2017
Digital disruption in the automotive industry

Digital disruption in the automotive industry

Fast-emerging digital ecosystems are revolutionizing the automotive industry and the way consumers buy cars. Increasingly empowered, consumers are demanding personalized, remote services for their vehicle that they can arrange in just a few clicks. It’s not just a means of...

/ June 8, 2017
Future airbags for autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles: changing the face of future airbags

Current innovation in the automotive sector has its sights set on developing autonomous or self-driving vehicles. The prospects of this new technology invoke images of an ideal world in which human error no longer results in crashes, mobility is available...

/ April 6, 2017
Connected cars manufacturing

Connected cars: changing the way we manufacture

Connected cars are the present and the future, but to what extent do we have to adapt our manufacturing processes to this new technology? Cars nowadays operate with an ever-increasing number of sensors which are capable of interacting with their...

/ March 23, 2017
3D printing machine in action

3D printing at the service of the automotive sector

3D printing is an innovative and versatile technique for creating prototypes and scale models of parts and also end-use products for the automotive sector, among others. Invented in the mid-1980s, it has since undergone significant advancements. The first industries to...

/ January 18, 2017
Reprocessing services Bluestar Silicones

Reprocessing silicones: why throw old product out when you can re-use it?

At Elkem Silicones, we provide both catalyzed and non-catalyzed solutions. To manufacture a product, first a masterbatch, which is not ready for use, is prepared. A catalyst is then added, usually peroxide or platinum, to achieve reticulation which causes a...

/ November 15, 2016
Silicone and leds

LEDs gaining speed in the automotive industry… but what about silicone?

LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes are carving out a solid position for themselves in the automotive industry. Back in 2004, Audi first used LEDs for decorative purposes as daytime running lights in their cars. Nowadays, they are also used for...

/ November 2, 2016