WACKER’s announcement regarding a new facility for thermal interface materials garnered the most reader interest last week (WACKER Inaugurates Global Competence Center for Thermal Interface Materials in Shanghai): “WACKER recently announced that it has opened a global competence center for thermal interface materials (TIMs) in Shanghai, China. The new laboratory will conduct fundamental research in order to develop silicone-based thermal interface products and solutions for the electrical vehicle market, as well as for consumer electronics and telecommunications.

Over the past decade, thermal interface materials have been one of the fastest-growing segments of the materials market globally, with an average CAGR of more than 6%. Widely used in personal computers, consumer electronics, automotive, and telecommunications, the demand for silicone-based TIMs is expected to grow continuously, as power density is rising exponentially and thermal management systems become increasingly important. Electronic devices and batteries generate a great deal of heat that impacts their functionality and service life and can lead to serious faults. Efficient thermal management is therefore increasingly essential.

“‘For improved thermal management of components, the industry is increasingly turning to heat-dissipation materials,’ said Christian Gimber, head of Engineering Silicones at WACKER’s silicone division.”

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Top 5 News that Sticks for September 20-26

  1. WACKER Inaugurates Global Competence Center for Thermal Interface Materials in Shanghai
  2. Kraton Seeking Regulatory Approvals for Block Copolymer Use as Disinfectant #1 last week
  3. New Program Embeds Sustainability in 3M Product Commercialization Process
  4. Hexion’s Rogerson Returns from Medical Leave
  5. New Virtual Power Purchase Agreement to Cover 100% of Henkel’s U.S. Electricity Demand

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