Silicone has a positive effect on virtually
every aspect of the pulp and paper industry
From pulp processing to paper finishing, label making, and paper recycling,
silicones add value, improve productivity, and lessen the impact of
paper-making operations on our environment.
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|Did you know ... no organic material can match
the performance or cost effectiveness of silicone release coatings! An
“Advantage” silicone emulsion release coating technology lets label and release
paper manufacturers reduce their coat weights as much
as 15-25 percent and use lower-cost base papers!
Why silicones excel in all kinds of paper
- In pulping, silicone process aids reduce the amount of heat and harsh
chemicals required to “cook” the wood chips, which lowers energy and
material costs and reduces fiber damage.
- Silicone antifoams control foam and improve pulp drainage, which
improves process efficiency and reduces bleaching requirements.
- Silicone process aids do not contain dibenzodioxin or dibenzofurans and
do not form harmful byproducts; they do not add to biological oxygen
demand (BOD) in water systems and have proven safe for wastewater
- Silicone release coatings give label and tape makers an almost limitless
array of substrate, processing, performance, and application
- Silicone pressure sensitive adhesives adhere reliably to low-energy
surfaces. They also withstand extreme temperatures, chemical attack, and
long-term exposure to weather and UV light.
- Water-based, solventless, and solvent-reducing silicone formulations help
pulp, paper, and label and tape manufacturers worldwide address cost,
safety, and environmental protection issues.
- Silicone technology for de-inking and micro-“stickies” control make
paper recycling easier and more cost effective.
Silicones improve productivity and enable pulp and paper and label
and tape manufacturers to respond to environmental concerns without
Silicones enable the development of convenient new paper products and
Because they are so effective at low use levels, silicones are also very
cost effective to use.
| ||Did you know ... a solvent-free silicone release
coating has enabled some label and release-paper manufacturers in China to
reduce their solvent use as much as 70 percent and their processing material
costs by as much as 30 percent. It has
also saved more than 2,177 tonnes (2,400 US tons) of
solvent waste from being discharged into the environment!
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advantages of silicones.
Versatile material options
Silicones for pulp and paper come in many forms:
Fluids, emulsions, and compounds for foam control, process aids, and paper
Resins and elastomers for release coatings and adhesives
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Did you know ... silicones can adhere or release, destroy foam
or stabilize it.
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to learn more about the many things silicones can be and do.
| ||Did you know ... silicone defoamers have been
used extensively in pulp washing operations worldwide since
the early 1990s!