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Wacker Opens Application and Test Laboratory in Turkey

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Practical test being performed at Wacker’s new technical center in Istanbul.
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Practical test being performed at Wacker’s new technical center in Istanbul. (Source: Wacker Chemie AG)

Wacker Chemie has opened a technical center for construction, textile and consumer-care applications in Istanbul. The technical facility serves as an application and test laboratory for polymeric binders and silicones.

Munich/Germany — The new facility enables, for example, testing of specific properties of tile adhesives and external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS), the two key applications for VInnpas dispersible polymer binders from Wacker. It offers modern laboratory equipment for analyses of viscosity and air-pore content or the curing time of fresh mortars. Furthermore, it offers the possibility of testing the properties of hardened mortars as required by various standards, such as EN 12004 or EN 13499.

The properties that can be tested include adhesive, flexural and compressive strengths, as well as water-vapor permeability and impact resistance. Moreover, the new center is equipped to examine products under varying climatic conditions, for instance applying 'Etics' adhesives at low temperatures. “The new laboratory for construction polymers represents an important contribution on our part toward expanding modern construction materials in Turkey and adjacent countries,” explained Hande Bucuklar, managing director of Wacker Kimya Ticaret.

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The new facility also has a laboratory for silicones used in the textile industry. It allows in-depth studies to determine the thermal and shear stability, foaming tendency, gloss and color stability, as well as the water repellency or hydrophilicity of the products on offer and of customer formulations. Different formulations can be applied and tested in the new laboratory under realistic conditions, such as padding or exhausting. In addition, the equipment enables specific tests and formulations tailored to the needs of the local cosmetic and household-care industries.

The laboratory is also well equipped for developing local formulations. For example, shampoos, creams or fabric softeners that contain silicones can be formulated to help customers with their development projects.

The new technical center will also be used to hold theoretical and practical training courses. A showroom has been set up that is equipped with various proprietary construction chemicals to show the long-term performance capability of the company’s products.

The new technical center will also serve customers from neighboring countries. It is a part of Wacker Kimya Ticaret’s new site in Istanbul’s up-and-coming Ataşehir district.

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