Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) is used in various applications, specifically in medical products, as an alternative to thermoplastic. That’s good news for custom molders such as GW Plastics, a Royalton, VT-based injection molding company that just completed a $3.5 million expansion of the its GW Silicones division.
The expansion, which began in the fall of 2011, includes a 15,000-square-foot expansion that is scalable to 25,000 square feet. The state-of-the-art LSR molding and assembly facility is capable of supporting up to 18 new injection machines and features an ISO Class 8 cleanroom along with expanding office, engineering, and conference space. Currently, GW Silicones operates five LSR molding machines—all Engels.
“Our customers are increasingly looking to silicone as an alternative to thermoplastics because of its unique biocompatibility and performance attributes—it is odorless, tasteless, stainless, bacteria-resistant, easy to clean and sterilize, and works extremely well in complex injection molding applications with extremely fine detail and very tight tolerances,” commented Terri Marion, GW Silicones' business development manager....