BALLSTON SPA, N.Y.—Specialty Silicone Products has developed a new line of products that may give it a competitive advantage that results in future growth opportunities. In doing so, it will offer innovative replacements for a discontinued line of electromagnetic interface shielding materials.
W.L. Gore & Associates said late last year that it would discontinue making three well-known shielding, gasketing and grounding products: GS2100, GS5200 and GS8000 under the Gore brand. According to a letter to customers, the company said it would no longer take orders after April 30, with all materials to be shipped by March 1, 2020.
SSP said it is positioned to benefit, given its ability to produce thin, low-outgassing, flame-resistant shielding elastomers. With Gore's decision, SSP said it has seen high early demand for the release of its new data sheets with ASTM 595 outgassing and UL94-V0 flame resistance data.
"We didn't directly decide to start making the materials to offset the Gore decision, it was something they decided," said Dominic Testo, SSP business development manager. "They are discontinuing their manufacturing (of the shielding products) ... and this is providing us with opportunities."
As of mid-March, SSP had sent samples to current customers with a likely need around North America and had received a number of orders, Testo said. Beyond that, SSP had received roughly 20 website inquiries from all around the world with requests or orders. This new product line is presenting SSP with an opportunity to get exposure with OEMs and international fabricators who are unfamiliar with the company.
"This is going to put our brand name on the world stage faster," he said. "We're pretty well known in the North American market and with our partners in the United Kingdom. It's helping us to get more exposure directly."
SSP is a manufacturer of laboratory consumables and custom silicones for industrial applications located in upstate New York. The company has been on a growth phase with new quality team members, lab technicians and CNC machinists having been added to the staff since late 2019, bringing the total number of employees to nearly 90.
The new product line includes a 40-durometer EMI silicone that's filled with nickel-coated graphite particles that provides UL-94 V1 flame resistance (UL-94 V0 is pending). This SSP shielding silicone is recommended as a replacement material for Gore GS 2100, a carbon-filled cellular PTFE with a 45-durometer hardness that meets UL-94-V0.
In addition, it is developing a 60-durometer EMI silicone that's filled with nickel-coated graphite particles and provides UL-94 V0 flame resistance. This SSP product is recommended as a replacement for Gore GS2100, a nickel-filled cellular PTFE with a 60-durometer hardness that meets UL-94 V0.