The silicone market has evolved globally. However, in the last year, signs of real change have become more visible and recent news has brought to light alarming issues for every silicone user. For example, Rubber & Plastics News recently published articles on how the shortage of silicone supply is driving higher prices and that global demand is expected to continue.

These are great reads (and highlight critically important issues and trends driving this disruption), but many OEMs and suppliers remain concerned about their supply chain in the short-term and bottom line impact in the future.

At Rahco Rubber, we are telling everyone to remain calm. Options exist, and solutions aren’t out of reach. In fact, we see this as a moment in time to do what we do best: work closely with our customers and add real value by improving and optimizing materials that help mitigate risk and drive sustainable, competitive advantages.

While Rahco will continue to develop and formulate silicone rubber compounds that meet specific application needs and performance requirements, we are also making our senior staff of chemists and on-site material science experts available to help identify alternatives while still meeting specifications. Critical to our success —  and our customers’ success — is the ability to develop and mix rubber compounds in house that yield very consistent batch to batch reliability.

Simply put, alternatives for your current material formulation should be considered.  The articles mentioned above echo this thinking, as well as the need for suppliers to closely manage inventories for the long-term and address any gaps in their supply chain now. We couldn’t agree more with these points!

The ever-changing global economy undoubtedly adds new layers of complexity to the supply chain. Because silicones are split between commodities and specialties, whether you’re doing business locally or across borders, the supply shortage impacts every layer of silicone.

Rahco is offering a no-obligation, risk-free analysis to not only validate your material formulation, but ensure all designs and components are optimized for performance, cost efficiencies and manufacturability.

In the meantime, we tip our hats to the journalists addressing these topics and critical issues. This news is more important than ever, and we look forward to serving as a trusted resource.  If any questions arise from recent news or if you would like to learn more about our capabilities, please contact us or explore our website — including our Rubber Material Selection Guide.