Wacker and Dow open joint silica plant in China

Wacker Chemie and Dow Corning have opened a $1.8bn joint pyrogenic silica plant in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China.

The site's capacity for both siloxane and pyrogenic silica, including the second phase silica plant, is expected to reach approximately 210,000t/year.

The pyrogenic silica plant will produce materials that are used in the construction, beauty and personal care, power and automotive industries.

The Zhangjiagang site has been constructed using cutting-edge technologies to ensure high product quality and performance. These include advanced processes for raw material efficiency, energy efficient design and environmental control technology.