Silicone sealant has been the subject of almost constant innovation for the past few years. No longer the basic stop-gap for sealing leaks around the bath, sealants have come a long way, particularly in the building, automotive and technology industries.
Innovation has developed this generic product, extending its physical properties way beyond the simple function of filling gaps into a versatile product with many specific uses.
Types of Silicone Sealant
The broader categories encompass heat, including extremes of temperature, microbial and weather resistance, and water and vapour permeability. These properties extend further to UV resistance, enhanced strength against splitting and cracking, vibration mitigation, dirt repulsion and general improvement in the longevity of the useful life of the bond. The market generally is supported by byproducts such as silicone sealant remover because it is not an easy product to clean off.
The applications are almost endless. In the building industry, for example, with the trend to design buildings with large sheets of glass, silicone sealant has now become the primary way of bonding glass to the structural frames of the building. The weatherproofing characteristics of sealant are essential for the external application and the structural hold. Specialist providers for the construction industry such as ct1ltd have a unique range of sealants for different purposes.
In the automotive industry, silicone sealants have a proven record of reducing component failures, which has a knock-on effect on the cost of warranty repairs and improved customer satisfaction. Reductions in driving noise, vibration and sharpness extend the durability of gaskets and, by extension, vehicle performance and reliability over the longer term.
The advancement of sealant technology is increasing the types of applications and the market for the whole range of products. Other industries that are heavy users of silicone sealants are furniture, footwear and electronics, providing further global growth opportunities.
Global analysis of the overall market supports the general upward trend over the next decade. Specific growth areas are identified in China and India’s automotive industries, with construction, automotive and packaging industries in the forefront of European markets, closely followed by the US.
Japan will be a key player because of its automotive and technology industries. There is already M&A activity at a global level as corporations seek to consolidate their positions in this growing market.