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Silicone Polymers and Fluids New Wacker Production Plant in China

| Editor: Sonja Beyer

Wacker officially inaugurated its new silicone polymer plant at Zhangjiagang. The plant manufactures not only intermediates, but also downstream silicone products, including fluids.

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Wacker produces both intermediates and finished silicone products at the plant at Zhangjiagang. (Picture: Wacker)
Wacker produces both intermediates and finished silicone products at the plant at Zhangjiagang. (Picture: Wacker)

Zhangjiagang/PR China – Completing the company’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. 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. According to the company, in 2009 it posted sales of over € 730 million in China, including Taiwan. “Our Chinese business is generating double-digit growth, clearly outperforming the world market,” explained Carlos Weise, president of the Wacker Silicones division. The company has produced silicones in China since 2004 for use in various applications and sectors. At its Nanjing site, production of dispersions and dispersible polymer powders began last November.

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