Speciality chemicals company Wacker has successfully completed the expansion and relocation of its technical laboratories and offices in South Korea, recently inaugurated the upgraded technical center, with integrated training facility, near the capital Seoul. The regional competence center now houses under a single roof both research & development (R&D), applications technology, and a facility for basic and advanced training in silicones and polymers applications
Munich/Germany; Seoul/South Korea – . A new silicone laboratory has been built to research, in particular, high-tech products for the electronics industry, while the technical center for polymeric binders will concentrate primarily on applications for construction chemicals. The integrated Wacker Academy training facility will additionally offer an ideal platform for market -specific networking among customers, distribution partners and Wacker specialists. The Korea technical center will thus help to ensure an optimum supply of high-quality silicone and polymer products for the fast-growing markets in the region.
Korean Center for Silicones and Polymers
The expanded technical center is located in Pangyo Techno Valley in a suburb of the South Korean capital, Seoul. Occupying an area of more than 3,600 m², the site houses the new offices of Wacker Chemicals Korea Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary, and the R&D laboratories for silicone and polymer applications. Bundling sales forces, R&D labs and applications technology under one roof will foster closer teamwork between the sales and development teams and thus optimize customer support in the region, company officials say.
"Unique Opportunity to Provide Regional Customers with Technical Expertise"
One focus of the local R&D in the newly established “Center of Excellence Electronics” will be on silicone products for electronics applications. This will help Wacker to serve the fast-growing demand for high-quality silicones for the electronics industry in Korea and other Asian countries. Wacker sees the new silicones R&D center as a unique opportunity to provide its local and regional customers with technical expertise for developing new products and tailor-made high-tech solutions for the electronics sector. Plus, the new center will make it easier to respond quickly to specific requirements and to directly incorporate customers’ feedback.
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