New high reactivity, silicone technology for reducing the amount of platinum used in silicone release coatings by approximately one-half.

Akron, OH−July 2020

sesaplatPlatinum is an expensive precious metal, and due to such issues as the depleting of its limited resources, a reduction in the amount of usage in the curing process has aggressively been sought. Silicone release coatings generally use a platinum-based curing catalyst.

With a progressive eye on curing this dilemma, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. (Head Offices: Tokyo / President: Yasuhiko Saitoh) has developed a “Reduced-Platinum Reaction Curing System Technology” that lowers platinum usage by about ½ compared to that of conventional usages. The advanced system is achieved by implementing a silicone composition that exhibits high reactivity. Shin-Etsu Chemical, and its U.S. subsidiary Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc. (SESA), is proceeding with commercialization by integrating this technology into silicone release coatings.

tapesNotably, silicone release coatings add peelability (releasability) to adhesive agents by coating such backing materials as paper and film. These applications include coated release paper for stickers, labels, and adhesive tapes. Additionally, they work for release films and manufacturing process release liners–and a myriad of other applications.


Shin-Etsu Chemical is one of the largest chemical companies in Japan, with over 65 years of experience manufacturing silicone products worldwide−producing over 5,000 different silicone products. The new platinum reaction curing system will also be available in the US, through their subsidiary Shin-Etsu Silicones of America’s in Akron, OH.

By using the newly developed Reduced-Platinum Reaction Curing System Technology, Shin-Etsu expects to progressively contribute to conservation of resources, and benefit their customers.

According to SESA’s North America Marketing Manager, Eric Bishop, “Taking advantage of Shin-Etsu Chemical’s superior product quality and technological strengths, as well as our detailed customer response system, Shin-Etsu will continue to strive to meet the needs of the diversifying market.”

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Japan Contact: Public Relations Dept. / Tetsuya Koishikawa
03-3246-5091, or from outside Japan: 81-3-3246-5091

shin etsu silicones logoCORPORATE PROFILE: A U.S. subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd., Japan, Shin-Etsu Silicones of America Inc. offers vast technical and capital resources to formulate solutions as a major supplier of silicone materials to North America’s medical, automotive, electronics, aerospace, cosmetics, and manufacturing industries. Shin-Etsu’s premium silicone compounds incorporate leading-edge technology, staff expertise, and value-added service; offering customers the highest levels of quality and consistency in specialty silicone materials.