The silicone rubber industry has made remarkable achievements. With the leap-forward growth of the consumption, the silicone rubber industry has begun to transform from high-performance special rubber to popular synthetic rubber, becoming one of the most widely used rubber varieties.
It is reported that from the perspective of rubber consumption, natural rubber accounts for 41.8%, styrene-butadiene rubber and cis-butadiene rubber account for 28.4%, while silicone rubber is usually only used in a few non-tire fields such as construction sealants and conductive keys, only accounting for 6.4% of total rubber consumption.
Therefore, as silicone rubber replaces other types of rubber in some non-tire segments, its consumption will increase exponentially, and the market space will be further opened. In this regard, the industry also agrees with the above point of view.
It is estimated that by 2015, silicone rubber will account for 10% to 15% of China’s total rubber consumption, that is, the consumption of silicone rubber is expected to reach 1 million to 1.5 million tons. By 2020, the proportion of silicone rubber in the total rubber consumption is expected to reach 20% to 33%, that is, the consumption of silicone rubber is expected to reach 3 million to 5 million tons. In other words, the development potential and long-term development of the silicone rubber industry are very attractive, and its rapid development will also have a profound impact on the upstream and downstream industries. In fact, the linkage effect of the upstream and downstream industries of the silicone rubber industry has begun to gradually emerge.
Some experts pointed out that the biggest highlight of the development of the silicone rubber industry is that it can greatly improve China’s self-sufficiency rate of rubber. According to statistics, if the proportion of silicone rubber in China’s rubber consumption is increased from 6.5% to 33% by 2020, the overall self-sufficiency rate of China’s rubber can be increased from about 50% to more than 80%, thereby greatly easing the tight rubber supply situation and reducing production costs in the rubber processing industry. It can be seen that the development of the silicone rubber industry is not only a single development of a single industry, but involves the common development of multiple industries, which has far-reaching significance for enhancing the profitability of the rubber processing industry and improving the quality of rubber products.