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Wacker expands pyrogenic silica production capacity

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Wacker Chemie AG is increasing its production capacities for "HDK” pyrogenic silica. To this end, the company is expanding a hydrophobic silica specialties plant at its site in Burghausen, Germany.

Wacker produces "HDK" pyrogenic silica at Burghausen and Nünchritz in Germany and Zhangjiagang in China. Source: Wacker

Wacker produces "HDK" pyrogenic silica at Burghausen and Nünchritz in Germany and Zhangjiagang in China. Source: Wacker

The plant’s capacity will rise by 40 percent as a result, with capital expenditures on the project amounting to EUR1.4 million. With work beginning early next year, project completion is expected in the third quarter of 2017.

Meet rising customer demand

"The expansion enables us to meet rising customer demand for high-quality specialties and tailored solutions from Wacker,” 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.”

Rheology-control additive in paints

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. Ultrapure powder-form amorphous silicon dioxide is used as a rheology-control additive in paints, adhesives, unsaturated polyester resins and plastisols.

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