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Silicone helps reduce the environmental impact of paper manufacturing, enables the development of innovative new paper products and encourages recycling.


Did you know ... ten pounds (4.5 kg) of a silicone antifoam can effectively control capacity-
robbing foam in the
processing of 3,300
tons (2,984 tonnes)
of paper! 

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.

Click the Fascinating Silicone - Silicone for Pulp & Paper Industry - Silicone Release Coatings icons on the photo to see how much you already know about the many uses for fascinating silicone.

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!
Read the article.

Why silicones excel in all kinds of paper industry applications

  1. 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.
  2. Silicone antifoams control foam and improve pulp drainage, which improves process efficiency and reduces bleaching requirements.
  3. 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 treatment operations.
  4. Silicone release coatings give label and tape makers an almost limitless array of substrate, processing, performance, and application options.
  5. 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.
  6. Water-based, solventless, and solvent-reducing silicone formulations help pulp, paper, and label and tape manufacturers worldwide address cost, safety, and environmental protection issues.
  7. Silicone technology for de-inking and micro-“stickies” control make paper recycling easier and more cost effective.

The silicone advantage

Silicones improve productivity and enable pulp and paper and label and tape manufacturers to respond to environmental concerns without sacrificing performance.

Silicones enable the development of convenient new paper products and high-value applications.

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!
Read the article.

Learn about other competitive 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 finishing
  • Resins and elastomers for release coatings and adhesives

Learn more about the different forms of silicone.

Did you know ... silicones can adhere or release, destroy foam or stabilize it.

Open the silicone toolbox to learn more about the many things silicones can be and do.

Expand your understanding

Easy reading:
Silicone’s applications in pulp and tissue manufacturing (PDF size 1.55 MB)

The role of silicone in the pressure sensitive market (PDF Size 1.06 MB)

Proven silicone release coating technology cuts costs, creates opportunities

Sustainable release coating technology delivers environmental, economic, and safety benefits for China

For mill owners and pulping chemical formulators:
Silicone processing benefits pulp brownstock washing operations (PDF Size 421 KB)

For label makers and converters:
An Introduction to Silicone for the Pressure Sensitive Industry (PDF Size 137 KB)

Learn about silicones from Dow Corning: Visit the Dow Corning Paper and Pressure Sensitive Solutions websites.

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 Did you know ... silicone defoamers have been used extensively in pulp washing operations worldwide since
the early 1990s!

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