Wacker expands technical centre in Moscow, Russia

Wacker expands technical centre in Moscow, Russia

7:02 AM, 22nd May 2015
Wacker expands technical centre in Moscow, Russia
Wacker’s new silicones lab in Moscow will test silicone elastomers and ready-to-use silicone compounds for key Russian industries, including the energy and automotive industry. (Photo: Wacker Chemie AG)

MUNICH, GERMANY: Chemical company Wacker Chemie AG said that it has expanded its technical centre in Moscow, Russia. The facility will serve as a test lab for silicone elastomers and ready-to-use silicone compounds and will cater to the energy, electrical and automotive industries. This investment aims at further enhancing services to key customers in Russia and Eastern Europe and spurring Wacker’s silicone business in the region.

The new lab is entirely geared to silicones customers. It will formulate and test high- and room-temperature-curing silicone rubber and ready-to-use silicone compounds. “The silicones lab makes it possible for us to adapt our products to customer needs and local industry requirements,” said Dr Christian Hartel, head of Wacker Silicones during the official opening ceremony.

In the mid-term Wacker anticipates rising silicones demand in the transmission and distribution industry, as Russia is making efforts to modernize the country’s transmission and distribution systems. Also for the mid- and long-term business, Wacker expects growth from the Russian automotive industry.

“Our powersil products can make a substantial contribution to minimizing power losses and improving the availability of the power grid,” said Auguste Willems, executive board member, Wacker.

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