Hsinchu, Taiwan, May 14, 2021 – Taiwanese manufacturer General Silicones (GS) announces its patented Compo-SiL® vegan leather fabric overcomes the barrier of silicone rubber’s chemical inertness. The patented technology allows textile and product designers to quickly adhere the vegan leather material to textiles, metals, and other surfaces using standard adhesives.
Untreated silicone rubber-based leather is hard to apply to any surfaces due to its chemical inertness. Thanks to over 50 years of silicone manufacturing experience, GS developed a technology to add a micrometer thin layer of water-based Polyurethane (PU) material on the inner side of the silicone leather. The PU layer serves as an interface to further process the vegan leather with standard adhesives to textiles or different substrates. As the sole purpose of the PU layer is to allow adhesion, it is ultra-thin. Thus effectively minimizing the PU plastic content of Compo-SiL® vegan leather to a significantly low value.
GS modifies the outer layer of the vegan leather to the customer’s specifications. Modifications include embossment, colors, and thickness of the fabric to match the touch and feel of natural leather products and additional requirements of the planned application.
Silicone has already been proven to be harmless to the environment. The production process of GS silicone leather has a low ecological footprint during production, use, or disposal. Compo-SiL® vegan leather is not only an attractive alternative to traditional faux and animal leather but as well to other vegan leather products.
Slowing down the aging of products and prolonging the product replacement cycle adds significant economic and ecological benefits to final products.
The properties of silicone give Compo-SiL® leather far better durability than other leather alternatives. The excellent combination of silicone’s chemical and mechanical characteristics, like excellent thermal stability, high water repellency, resistance to ozone, UV, and other oxidative degradations, make Compo-SiL® vegan leather a superior material.
Protecting products and apparel with Compo-SiL® can prolong product lifetime to a much larger extent than plastic-based products would do.
Silicone-based vegan leather products offer distinct benefits compared to natural leather, plastic, and alternatives with high PU content:
Sourcing managers and manufacturers wanting to know more about vegan leather products can contact the sales team of General Silicones at firstname.lastname@example.org
About General Silicones
General Silicones (GS) was founded in 1970 in Taipei, Taiwan, and is now represented worldwide – including Europe, China, Japan, and South-East Asian countries. GS is a major distributor of silicone materials and an active silicone products manufacturer with ISO 9001, IATF 16949, and ISO 14001 certifications. The company has manufacturing plants in Hsinchu, Taiwan; Wujiang, China; and Bac Giang, Vietnam. With decades of experience in this field, GS has the ability and capacity to provide a wide range of silicone products for many industries, including medical, automobile, consumer products, electronics, and IT. For more information about GS, please visit www.generalsilicones.com. For more information on Compo-SiL®, please visit www.compo-sil.com