ITATIBA, Brazil (May 10) — General Electric Co.´s Advanced Materials-Silicones business is adding capacity at its Itatiba plant for the development and production of silicone rubber.
The company did not give further details of the expansion.
Until now, GE said, manufacturing of custom silicone rubber for the Latin American market has been performed at GE´s U.S. facilities. Moving production and development to Itatiba will make it possible for GE and its customers to eliminate the time and expense of importing and exporting materials between the U.S. and countries in Latin America.
The Itatiba facility will be focused on producing materials for automotive gaskets and O-rings, high voltage insulators for the power transmission industry and products for the health care industry.
The GE Silicones Itatiba facility is delivering custom silicone products for companies in Brazil and will soon be delivering products for companies in Chile and Colombia. The company is targeting the Argentinean and Venezuelan markets for later this year.
"With the growth of demand for our specialized silicone rubber products in Latin America, we realized the time was right to invest in capabilities that could help customers in the region better leverage GE´s custom application development and production expertise," said Tim Angle, Americas marketing and application development manager for RTVs and Elastomers, GE - Advanced Materials.
"The silicones development and production facility in Itatiba will strengthen our ability to rapidly create and deliver silicone rubber compounds that meet the specific requirements of companies in Latin America."