ADRIAN, Mich.—Citing a successful alliance that began four years ago, Wacker Chemical Corp. announced Aug. 12 that it will extend its distribution partnership with H.M. Royal, Inc., for a line of Wacker's liquid silicone and high consistency rubbers.
H.M. Royal, a provider of raw materials and product ingredients in the plastics, rubber, adhesives, sealants and protective coatings industries, has been a distributor of Wacker products since 2016. The extended cooperative pact takes effect on Sept. 1.
Wacker said the extension was driven in part by the current high demand for medical applications, for which the Silpuran line is designed.
"This expanded strategic partnership benefits both organizations and, ultimately, our customers," said Ian Moore, vice president, Wacker Silicones NCA region. "Many of our customers' processes include silicone rubber for multi-industry applications. With the Silpuran product line consisting of a large portfolio of HCRs and LSRs, the extended partnership with H.M. Royal creates a one-stop shop for customers' LSR and HCR silicone needs."
The LSRs and HCRs in this portfolio are expected to be used in wound dressings, medical adhesives, gels, intravenous administration sets, needle-free valves and seals, drainage and feeding tubes, urinary catheters, syringe seals, respiratory masks and other medical applications.
H.M. Royal began as a distributor of Wacker's Elastosil line which consists of LSRs and HCRs used in less invasive medical applications, such as medical wearables, tubing and patches.
In 2019, H.M. Royal began also offering Wacker's room temperature curing product lines.
"Combining resources with H.M. Royal supports the health care industry's needs for speed and quality in the delivery of solutions," said Jake Carlson, business development manager at Wacker Distribution Management.
Wacker Chemical Corp. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Germany-based Wacker Chemie A.G. H.M. Royal, Inc. is headquartered in Trenton, N.J., and Buena Park, Calif.