Wacker expands silicones production in Brazil

Wacker expands silicones production in Brazil; invests €7 million

7:17 AM, 3rd March 2017
Wacker’s new silicone production in Jandira, Brazil
Wacker’s new silicone production in Jandira, Brazil: The group is currently building a multi-purpose facility to manufacture antifoam compounds and functional silicone fluids.

MUNICH GERMANY/ JANDIRA, BRAZIL: Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its silicone production at its site in Jandira, Brazil. Wacker is currently building a multi-purpose facility to manufacture antifoam compounds and functional silicone fluids.

The expansion is the company’s response to growing regional demand for speciality silicones needed in the textile, paper, household and personal care and cosmetics industry. Investments for the expansion will total around €7 million.

While the reactor for silicone fluids is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2017, the plant for antifoam compounds is expected to come on stream by the end of the year. The new production facility will help the company to solidify its position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality silicones. In Jandira, Wacker already manufactures silicone products for the construction, textile and pulp and paper industries.

The new production complex is a key addition to the Jandira site’s supply chain. With the two new reactors for silicones fluids and antifoam compounds, Wacker is able to produce important precursors and starting materials for specialised antifoam, impregnating and release agents and for additives for the pulp and paper, cosmetics and household care industries.

Wacker’s silicone products are key ingredients for the consumer care, textile and paper industry. In detergent applications, they can suppress foam formation or, when used in fabric conditioners, impart a pleasant and soft feel to textiles and fabrics. Antifoam agents specially tailored to the pulp and paper industry further ensure smooth, reliable processes. In cosmetics and personal care applications, they enable highly effective formulations, for instance for nutrient-rich and moisturising skin and body care products.

“In South and Middle America, the market for our silicone solutions is growing, especially in the personal care, household and textile sectors. In order to meet this increasing demand over the long term, we will extend our production in Jandira,” said Auguste Willems, executive board member of Wacker.

“With the expanded silicones production in the year of Wacker’s 40th anniversary in Brazil, we can offer considerable added value to our local customers and partners. The new facility makes it possible to enlarge our portfolio and adapt our products even better to customer needs and local industry requirements,” said Adriano Magalhaes, managing director of Wacker Quimica do Brasil.

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