Wacker expands technical center in Moscow; Opens new lab adhesives

Wacker expands technical centre in Moscow; Opens new lab for adhesives

6:55 AM, 17th March 2018
Wacker expands technical center in Moscow; Opens new lab for adhesives
The image shows lab assistant Ekaterina Aleksandrova using a planetary mixer to produce a low-modulus sealant with silane-modified polyether as a binder.

MUNICH, GERMANY/ MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Wacker Chemie AG strengthens its presence in Russia by expanding the service portfolio offered by its technical centre in Moscow

Wacker has opened a new dedicated laboratory for adhesives and sealants based on silane-terminated polyethers (hybrid polymers) used mostly in the construction industry.

The centre’s existing laboratories for dry-mix-mortar, paints, coatings and construction-silicones applications has been accredited by the Russian Federal Service for Accreditation as an official test lab: Wacker can thus provide an independent test protocol as a basis for officially recognized quality certificates. With the expansion and accreditation, Wacker is able to meet the needs of its local customers, who are increasingly demanding high-quality silicone and polymer products.

Being extremely versatile, modern sealants and adhesives are used in an increasingly broad range of applications – from the construction industry through to transportation and energy. The Moscow technical centre’s new laboratory helps Wacker support the enhancement of these applications.

The new state-of-the-art lab offers the possibility of testing and developing sophisticated formulations based on local fillers and additives. Modern planetary and asymmetric centrifugal mixers make it possible to prepare adhesives and sealants of varying viscosity and thixotropy and to use a rheometer to characterize them.

“The market for sealants and adhesives in Russia has huge potential, which was the main factor behind our decision to open the new facility. For us, the most important reason is to provide customers with technical support as fast as possible while keeping local market needs in mind,” said Dr Alexander Serov, managing director of Wacker Russia.

“This accreditation enables us to add value for our customers. It provides them with independent test results that prove the quality of products modified with Vinnapas and Silres,” added Alexander Serov.

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