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About Silicone Rubber

The material of choice for a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications.

Silicone rubber has a unique combination of properties organic elastomers cannot match. Learn why Silastic® silicone rubber is the material of choice.


Choose silicone rubber – the material that works for you

Silicone rubber is an inorganic synthetic elastomer made from a crosslinked silicon-based polymer reinforced with filler. It offers a unique combination of chemical and mechanical properties organic elastomers cannot match.

These properties make silicone rubber the material of choice for applications ranging from bakeware to turbocharger hoses.

Why silicone rubber is the better choice

  • Longer service life in adverse environments
  • Virtually unaffected by weather -- rain, snow, humidity, ozone, or the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays -- for many years
    • Organic elastomers may become brittle and crack under prolonged exposure to the environment
  • Wider operating temperature range -- from -100 to 316ºC (-148 to 600ºF)
    • Organic elastomers soften and deform irreversibly at temperatures >100ºC (>212ºF); they become brittle at temperatures <-25ºC (<-13ºF)
  • Inherently good electrical insulating qualities that do not change significantly under exposure to severe environmental stress (heat, cold, moisture, oil, ozone, UV rays)
  • Retains its natural flexibility and resilience (resists compression set) across a wider temperature range
  • Enhances the comfort and feel of consumer goods
  • Excellent sealing performance
  • Inert (no taste or smell); many food-contact options
  • More choices -- a wide hardness range (from 10 to 80 Shore A), a wide range of color choices (from transparent to brightly colored)
  • Better flow properties -- easier to fabricate, increases productivity
  • More fabricating options , increased productivity

Fabricate with proven silicone elastomers from Dow Corning

Dow Corning offers two proven ways to help you meet your changing needs for innovation, technical support, convenience and cost-control:

Silastic® brand from Dow Corning

Meeting your needs for innovation and development support

  • A reliable, global supply of high-performance silicone elastomers for specialized applications
  • 50 years of rubber compounding experience and fabrication expertise, plus local market knowledge
  • Exact solutions to complex challenges
  • Collaborative problem-solving and extensive technical support

XIAMETER® brand from Dow Corning

Silicones simplified

  • A reliable global supply of commonly used high consistency silicone rubber bases and compounds and liquid silicone rubbers
  • Manufactured by Dow Corning
  • Proven quality and reliable performance
  • Sold online and through distributors at competitive, market-driven prices with limited technical support


Let silicone rubber inspire your next design

With the flexibility of silicone rubber, you have endless design options in rubber fabrication. Silicone rubber can be molded, calendered, or extruded in different forms, shapes, sizes, and designs.

Get exactly what you need

Silastic and XIAMETER silicone rubber products can be tailored to specific performance and application requirements.

Learn more about the money-, time- and labor-saving benefits of customized silicone elastomers from Dow Corning.

Request a Customized Elastomer

Fascinating Silicone

Learn more about silicone applications, materials and chemistry at the Fascinating Silicone Discovery Center.

Explore products

Find and compare silicone elastomers for your application.

Tell us what you need

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