News & Events
October 4, 2019 - AB Specialty Silicones LLC, a U.S. manufacturer and global distributor of specialty silicone products,
announced today that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has granted an exclusion for silicones
in primary forms, HTSUS 3910.00.0000, subject to Section 301 tariffs. Silicone is sourced from China for
use in U.S. production facilities and sold worldwide.
Mac Penman, General Manager, led the exclusion process for the silicone industry. Tariffs have significantly impacted the industry, and negatively impacted other American businesses along the downstream supply chain, for example, the U.S. construction industry, where silicone is used in roof coatings, adhesives, sealants, and for waterproofing of wallboard. U.S. silicone manufacturers do not have the capacity to produce silicone in the quantities that would satisfy North American demand.
“We are very appreciative that the USTR and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have granted this exclusion. We are pursuing a new exclusion application to strengthen the U.S. silicone industry,” said Mac Penman. “We remain hopeful that the trade negotiations will come to a successful and fair conclusion which will resolve all disputes and eliminate tariffs for the benefit of American manufacturers and workers.” Press Release
January 15, 2019 - AB Specialty Silicones has purchased another location further expanding both storage and production capabilities. The addition comes on the heels of a year full of growth and improvements in 2018: the company expanded storage and production, added equipment enhancing capabilities, unveiled a new top-of-the-line laboratory, launched their new website, and introduced many new and innovative products to the marketplace. The new location provides AB Specialty Silicones with an additional 40,000 square feet of production, warehouse, and office space. The continuous expansion of the Waukegan, Illinois corporate campus now comprises of four buildings and over 240,000 square feet that includes their headquarters, manufacturing, research & development and warehouse locations. Press Release
October 12, 2018 - Due to the growing environmental safety concerns about cyclopentasiloxane, commonly known as D5, this new emulsifier offers similar performance while avoiding pending regulatory issues. Emulsifiers are easy to use and offer flexible manufacturing capabilities, including cold processing. They are high performance and meet the need for superior aesthetics and delivering enhanced actives. A highly desirable benefit in skin care products is added hydration and the ability to moisturize. Silicone emulsifiers allow for high water content formulations which meet the number one consumer need, combating dry skin. Emulsifiers also thicken the end product and help keep overall formulation costs down. Silicone emulsifiers are recommended for use in skin care, antiperspirant & deodorants, and color cosmetics. Press Release
October 4, 2018 - Due to the lack of availability of dimethiconol gum in the marketplace, AB Specialty Silicones added a line of vinyl gum blends to their personal care offerings. These products function the same as their dimethiconol gum blend counterparts, however they have different INCI designations.View press release on new our vinyl gum blends
July 9, 2018 - In June, 2018, AB Specialty Silicones completed a significant renovation and expansion of their R&D and QA location tripling the area. Additional laboratory facilities and equipment have dramatically increased technical capabilities for product analysis and performance evaluation that will enhance product development, performance testing and technical service. View press release on new our lab renovation
May 1, 2018 - AB Specialty Silicones has completed a significant plant expansion in a continuing effort to meet the growing needs of the silicone marketplace. At the center of the project is a new reactor that dramatically increases the company’s annual specialty fluid production capabilities. To accommodate the manufacturing gain, storage for raw materials and finished products have also tripled in capacity. View press release on new our new reactor
May 1, 2018 - Based on industry demand, AB Specialty Silicones is adding a line of silicone emulsifiers to their personal care offerings. These products are easy to use and offer flexible manufacturing capabilities, including cold processing. View press release on new silicone emulsifier product line
May 2nd & 3rd, 2017 NYSCC Suppliers Day
Booth #302 Javits Center, New York City
June 20th - 22nd, 2017 In Cosmetics Korea
Booth #C41 Coex, Seoul, Korea
October 11th & 12th, 2017 In Cosmetics North America
Booth #A55 Javits Center, New York City
October 25th & 26th, 2017 California SCC Suppliers' Day 2017
Booth #TBD Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
May 10th & 11th, 2016 - The AB Specialty Silicones Personal Care team was in NJ this week at the NYSCC Suppliers' Day tradeshow event. Our products of focus this year were our phenyl modified polymers and high refractive index matching. High RI matching can enhance many desirable benefits in personal care formulations: anti aging and shine are just two.
May 1, 2016 - We are pleased to announce and welcome Duane Govitz to our team as the Vice President of Sales. Duane comes to us after spending the last 18 years with Dow Corning where he served in a variety of roles within Sales and Marketing. Most recently, he was the Global Sales Director of the XIAMETER® business model where he led the global silicone sales team. Duane will be based out of our Waukegan office and assumes his responsibilities effective May 1st.
March 1, 2016 - We have added a new reactor for high viscosity silicone raw material manufacturing. View press release on high viscosity silicone manufacturing reactor
April 6, 2016 Midwest SCC Suppliers Day
Booth #418 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
May 10 & 11th, 2016 NYSCC Suppliers Day
Booth #427 New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center – Edison, NJ
July 6th & 7th, 2016 In Cosmetics Korea
Booth #E71 Coex, Seoul, Korea
September 7th & 8th, 2016 In Cosmetics North America
Booth #E26 Pier 36, New York City