Wacker expands high-quality silicone fluids production in Germany


Global silicone manufacturer Wacker Group has expanded the production capacity of functional silicone fluids at its Burghausen facility, Germany.

With the expansion, Wacker aims to meet the growing demand for specialty fluids and silicone emulsions in various sectors, such as the coatings, paper, textile, cosmetics, and personal care industries.

The company invested around €26m in the expansion that increased the production capacity of the plant by 70%.

"This plant is a key facility for us. The most important intermediates for our product portfolio are manufactured here."

Wacker president and CEO Rudolf Staudigl said: "The completion of our polysilicon production site in Tennessee has essentially concluded our investment in full-scale plants for the manufacture of precursors.

"We are now focusing on plants for intermediates, sales products and specialty products.

"Thanks to the expansion, we have sufficient production capacity in Burghausen to meet the rising global demand for versatile silicone fluids and emulsions."

Following the expansion, the plant will be able to efficiently produce silicone fluids with higher purity.

Wacker performance silicones business unit head Christoph Kowitz said: "This plant is a key facility for us.

"The most important intermediates for our product portfolio are manufactured here,"

Currently, most of the products from the plant are processed into high-quality specialty fluids or emulsions in Burghausen or at other facilities.

Kowitz added: "The added value that we can achieve here is tremendous.

"By expanding our production plant for functional high-performance fluids, we are laying another cornerstone for the sustainable growth of our business."

In 2011, Wacker started operating various silicone-polymer production lines for high-purity specialty silicones, encapsulation and coating compounds at the Burghausen site.

The production line also includes UV-activated silicones for the medical, LED and electronics industrial sectors.

Image: Wacker expanded its production capacity for functional silicone fluids at Burghausen site. Photo: courtesy of Wacker Chemie AG