ANAHEIM, Calif.—Silcotech Group and Dow Corning Corp. have unveiled what they claim is a step-change in liquid silicone rubber processing made possible, in part, by Dow Corning's LSR technology.
The companies showcased the breakthrough at the MD&M West Show, Feb. 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Gary Lord, global strategic marketing director, health care, said that Dow Corning, a company with 50 years experience in the medical device industry, tries to answer this question: How do we challenge the way we can serve our customers better?
“One of the things that has become clear to us over the past few years is getting the information back from the customers from the marketplace is becoming more difficult,” he said.
The information the company is receiving is not the type that helps with making real innovation, he added.
One of the goals with the Silcotech collaboration is to have these two key links in the supply chain serve the original equipment manufacturers, hospitals and the patients, and find ways to “actually pool our knowledge to be able to do things differently, better, faster, more cost effectively so that actually more people can get more benefits in a more timely manner,” Lord said.
Working together leverages each other's strengths, said Michael Maloney, president of Silcotech North America Inc. “This is really about the integration of our unique corporate strengths,” he said.
Silcotech is working on the manufacturing of the conversion of LSR to physical devices on a global level, while Dow Corning has had a strong position in the silicone market for years, Maloney said.
Both companies fight the same type of conversion issue battles each day. The common goal is to improve productivity and reduce lead time to market.
“We found it a very good fit to work with a leader in the silicone industry,” Maloney said.
This collaboration will put these two strengths together to yield something ultimately better for the end customer. The collaboration involves both parties “working out in advance. We're running through some problem-solving that we perceived as variables to create a unique product,” he said.
Creating unique products, such as cost competitive or quicker to market products, or ever leveraging the touch, feel, color, contrast or other chemical attributes, is where this collaboration will be important “with the hopes that their synergy yields a new path forward for the development of future products,” Maloney said. “We're both in the business of growing markets.”