Wacker and Dow Begin China Silica Plant

German chemical company Wacker Chemie AG and Dow Corning have started building the second phase of their joint venture pyrogenic silica plant in Zhangjiagang, China.

The pyrogenic silica plant, along with a siloxane plant, is part of an integrated silicone manufacturing site established by the companies at Jiangsu Yangtze River Chemical Industrial Park.

The total nameplate capacity for siloxane and pyrogenic silica, including the second-phase silica plant, is expected to be about 210,000mt/y.

Siloxane and pyrogenic silica are used in industries including construction, automotive, electronics, beauty and personal care, healthcare, power and utility, solar, textile and paper.