ALBANY, N.Y.—Momentive Performance Materials is celebrating 70 years of innovation this year and all of the landmark achievements the company made along the way.
In May 1940, the process allowing for the industrial production of silicones was developed by a research chemist at General Electric Co. Research Laboratory, a Momentive heritage company.
Momentive said this process later led to the creation of Momentive, the first true structural silicone glazing for architectural applications, the first silicone polyethers for textile treatment, laundry softeners and personal care products and the first hydrolytically stable super-spreader silicones for pesticides.
The company said the boots that enabled man to walk on the moon for the first time in 1969 featured silicone rubber soles made possible by Momentive, then known as GE Silicones.
President and CEO Jonathan Rich said it is “humbling and inspiring to be part of such a proud history of creativity at Momentive.”
He said the company's silicones are used in thousands of products and that there is hardly an industry that is untouched by silicones.
“Silicones have become a part of everyday life, used in countless applications—from shampoos to skyscrapers to sustainable pesticides—helping whatever they are added to last longer and perform better,” Rich said.
In addition to silicones, silanes and urethane additives, Momentive manufactures quartz, specialty ceramics and crystal products for high-technology industries.