HSINCHU, Taiwan—There are the innovative rapid responders—those companies large and small who have overhauled their production routines to meet pandemic-related needs—and there is General Silicones, whose silicone medical products have been ready for this moment since the company's inception in 1970.
The silicone rubber product manufacturer with plants in Hsinchu; Wujiang, China; and Bac Giang, Vietnam, serves a range of industries, from automotive to packaging to IT, with both silicone and certified silicone products.
But it has been the urgency in the medical market for respiratory assistance equipment, such as breathing mask and ventilator components, that has the Taiwanese company enjoying an unprecedented 65 percent leap in demand from the medical industry in the first half of 2020, a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Obviously, we want to do what we can to help, both from the point of view of a business and also to assist doctors and patients all over the world," said Michael Lin, president and CEO of General Silicones. "We've invested in new manufacturing equipment so we can deliver vital supplies where they are most needed even more quickly."
The surge in orders largely has come from Europe and the U.S., Lin said, the latter of which remains in the throes of the pandemic.