Germany: Wacker Expands Pyrogenic Silica Production Capacity Water-Repellent Specialities for Toner Powders

Editor: Alexander Stark

Wacker Chemie is increasing its production capacities for HDK pyrogenic silica by expanding a hydrophobic silica specialties plant at its site in Burghausen, Germany.

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Wacker produces HDK pyrogenic silica at Burghausen and Nünchritz in Germany and Zhangjiagang in China. The Munich-based chemical company is the world’s third-largest manufacturer in this sector.
Wacker produces HDK pyrogenic silica at Burghausen and Nünchritz in Germany and Zhangjiagang in China. The Munich-based chemical company is the world’s third-largest manufacturer in this sector.
(Source: Wacker Chemie)

Burghausen/Germany — The plant’s capacity would rise by 40 % as a result, with capital expenditures on the project amounting to € 1.4 million the company announced. With work beginning early next year, project completion is expected in the third quarter of 2017.

Hydrophobic, i. e. water-repellent, specialty silicas are used in toner powders for printers. They enhance the stability of the end product, as well as its flow and charging properties. Used in specialty adhesives and paints, these kinds of silicas permit optimum adjustment of rheological and mechanical properties.

“The expansion enables us to meet rising customer demand for high-quality specialties and tailored solutions,” said Auguste Willems, Wacker Executive Board member. “This project is part of our strategy to achieve further profitable growth through cost-effective expansions at existing plants and to increase the proportion of specialties in our total business.”

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