Wacker opens new silicone production site in South Korea

Wacker opens new silicone production site in South Korea

6:14 AM, 24th April 2018
Wacker opens new silicone production site in South Korea
Wacker produces silicone sealants and high-performance silicones for automotive displays and other electronic applications at its new production site in Jincheon, South Korea.

MUNICH, GERMANY: Wacker Chemie AG has opened a new production site for silicone elastomers in Jincheon, South Korea. With the new site, Wacker is significantly expanding its production and therefore its position as a leading silicone manufacturer in the region. Some €15 million has been invested in the new production site.

Wacker has produced silicone sealants in Jincheon since 2010 and has also manufactured speciality silicone elastomers there for the electronics industry since 2012.

The centrepiece of the new site is a 13,000 square meter production building. Silicone sealants for the construction industry and speciality silicone elastomers for electronic applications will be manufactured in separate facilities. The production lines have been equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing technology that enables fully automatic and therefore highly efficient production processes. Hyperpure silicones are produced and packaged in a dedicated cleanroom – a service that is becoming increasingly important for customers from the electronics industry in particular.

“The opening of our new plant is a milestone for us and sends a signal to our customers that we want to continue growing in Asia and in South Korea especially. We generate around 40 percent of our sales in Asia. Our operations in South Korea play a key role here. Our new production site enables us to strengthen and expand our position in the region over the long term,” said Christian Hartel, executive board member, Wacker.

“Due to the strong growth in demand for our silicones, production was increasingly being stretched to its limits. As it was not possible to expand the facilities on the existing premises, Wacker decided to move sites. Our new plant in Jincheon is four times as big as the old one and provides enough space for future capacity expansions,” said Auguste Willems, executive board member, Wacker.

“With this investment, we can broaden the regional scope of our silicones business continuously and strengthen our presence as a leading silicone manufacturer in South Korea and Asia,” added Willems.

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