South Korea: Speciality Silicones for the Electronics Industry Wacker Expands Production of Silicones in Korea
Wacker Chemie opened a new production site for silicone elastomers in South Korea. The plant is located around 100 km southeast of Seoul at Jincheon, where the group has already been producing silicone sealants since 2010 and specialty silicones for the electronics industry since 2012.
Munich/Germany — In moving to the new site, the company is expanding its production and its position as a big silicone manufacturer in the region. About $ 18.3 million have been invested in the new production site. The manufacturer produces silicone sealants and high-performance silicones for automotive displays and other electronic applications at its new production site in Jincheon, South Korea.
Executive Board member Christian Hartel described the opening of the new plant as a milestone that would send a signal to their customers that the company wants to continue growing in Asia and in South Korea especially. Asia is already one of the Group’s most important sales regions. The German group generates around 40 % of their sales in Asia.
Wacker has produced silicone sealants in Jincheon since 2010 and has also manufactured specialty silicone elastomers there for the electronics industry since 2012. Due to the strong growth in demand for the silicones, production was increasingly being stretched to its limits, explained the Executive Board member. As it was not possible to expand the facilities on the existing premises, they decided to move sites. The new plant in Jincheon is four times as big as the old one and would provide enough space for future capacity expansions, he said.
The centerpiece of the new site is a 13,000 m2 production building. Silicone sealants for the construction industry and specialty silicone elastomers for electronic applications will be manufactured in separate facilities. According to the company, the production lines have been equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing technology that would enable fully automatic and therefore highly efficient production processes. Hyperpure silicones are produced and packaged in a dedicated cleanroom. This service is targeted especially to the needs of customers from the electronics industry.