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September 26, 2016

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Bluestar Silicones, Graham Engineering collaborate on medical-grade silicone extrusion line

Graham Engineering Corp. (York, PA) and Bluestar Silicones (Lyon, France) have announced a collaborative effort to create a silicone extrusion line at Bluestar’s technical center in York, SC. The partnership will allow the development and testing of medical- and pharmaceutical-grade silicone tubing in a fully equipped facility with state-of-the-art cleanrooms and quality systems. The 226,000-square-foot plant serves as Bluestar's global center of excellence for medical- and long-term implant-grade silicones.

Bluestar's silicone extrusion line includes an American Kuhne Ultra RS silicone lab extruder.

Graham Engineering will lend equipment, including an American Kuhne 1.5-in. Ultra RS silicone lab extruder, and provide extrusion processing expertise to the endeavor. (Graham acquired a majority interest in American Kuhne in 2012.) The project is designed to benefit customers of both companies by enabling them to interact with and learn more about silicone materials, silicone extrusion equipment and processing, all in one location.

"We are very excited to partner with globally recognized extrusion innovator Graham Engineering," said Bob Waitt, Marketing Manager for Bluestar Silicones' U.S. medical market. "American Kuhne silicone extruders are the most advanced on the market today. In concert with our silicone materials expertise, we expect the collaboration to further optimize our heat-cured rubber product processing performance, as well as to provide additional levels of technical service and training for our medical and pharmaceutical tubing customers."

In addition to heat-cured rubber, Bluestar Silicones offers a full range of silicone technologies for the medical and pharmaceutical markets including liquid silicone rubber, room-temperature vulcanized silicones, skin adhesive tacky gels, cushioning gels and permanent adhesives for the healthcare market. The company plans to launch three new medical-, pharma-, and implant-grade heat-cured rubber product lines in Q4 of 2016.

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