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Wacker Starts up New Chinese Production Plant for Silicone Polymers and Fluids

Published on 2010-10-20. Author : SpecialChem

Munich and Zhangjiagang -- Wacker, the Munich-based chemical group, officially inaugurated its new silicone-polymer plant at Zhangjiagang (China). The plant manufactures not only intermediates, but also downstream silicone products, including fluids. Completing Wacker's supply chain in China, the plant is an integral part of Zhangjiagang's silicone production system and represents an investment of some €30 million.

"Our new silicone-polymer facility at Zhangjiagang is another milestone toward optimally satisfying soaring customer demand on China's growth markets," explained Carlos Weise, president of the Wacker Silicones division. "Our Chinese business is generating double-digit growth, clearly outperforming the world market," he emphasized. "At the same time, the new plant will help us provide top-quality products and solutions that are made locally. As a result, our customers will be able to meet their own customers' needs even more effectively. Through our efforts, we are supporting growth in many of China's key industries."

About Wacker

Wacker has produced Silicones in China since 2004 for use in many challenging applications, including in the automotive, construction and electronics sectors. At Wacker's Nanjing site, production of dispersions and dispersible polymer powders began last November. Primarily supplied to the construction sector, these products are found, for example, in insulation systems, tile adhesives and ready-mix mortars. In total, Wacker's Chinese operations comprise four production sites, two technical competence centers and seven sales offices spanning the country's key economic centers. In 2009, Wacker posted sales of over €730 million in China, including Taiwan. The Munich-based chemical company has been present in China with own sales offices since 1995.

About Wacker Silicones

Wacker Silicones is one of the world's largest silicone manufacturers, with over 3,000 highly specialized and innovative products. The division's portfolio ranges from silicone fluids, emulsions, resins, elastomers and sealants to silanes and pyrogenic silicas. These products stand out due to their significant value-adding potential - enhancing both the benefits and performance of customers' end products. Wacker Silicones' products find application in such sectors as construction, chemicals, cosmetics, textiles, automotive, paper and electronics. In 2009, Wacker Silicones generated overall sales of €1.24 billion - 33 percent of Wacker's consolidated sales.

Sources: Wacker

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