Wacker opens new training centre silicone applications

Wacker opens new training centre for silicone applications

6:24 AM, 27th March 2017
Wacker opens new training centre for silicone applications
Practical training at the Wacker Academy: seminar participants at the Tsukuba training center can put what they have just learned into practice.

MUNICH, GERMANY/ TSUKUBA, JAPAN: Wacker Chemie AG has opened a new Wacker Academy training centre in Tsukuba, Japan. The centre mainly offers seminars on silicone products for the automotive, electronics, sealant and personal care sectors.

At Tsukuba, Wacker manufactures silicone products through its joint venture, Wacker Asahikasei Silicone (AWS). It also operates a silicone-coatings competence centre there. With the addition of the Wacker Academy, the site now combines under one roof not only production, R&D and application technology, but also a training centre for Wacker’s silicones.

Speciality silicones from Wacker are used in products ranging from airbag coatings to skin creams example for coating technical textiles and as optical lenses in LEDs.

By having production, R&D labs and a training centre all under one roof, Wacker is ideally positioned for supporting customers in the region. The centre also offers seminars on personal-care products, release coatings, electronic applications and sealants.

Seminar participants benefit from being so close to R&D facilities since they have access to training labs with state-of-the-art equipment. This allows them to perform extensive practical exercises alongside their theoretical sessions. As a result, the Wacker Academy is an ideal, industry-specific platform for networking among customers, distributors and Wacker specialists.

“The new centre will reinforce the company’s leading market and technology position for high-quality silicone solutions and will strengthen its local expertise in R&D, application technology and customer support. With this unique Japanese facility, we can generate high added value for our local customers and partners and expand our technical expertise in the region,” said Christian Hartel of Wacker’s executive board.

“Wacker Academy workshops and seminars are ideal for showing how we tailor the versatile properties of our silicones to a customer’s specific needs. The centre focuses on speciality silicones,” added Robert Gnann, head of Wacker Silicones.

They are used for coating technical textiles and as optical lenses in LEDs, for example. The centre also offers seminars on personal-care products, release coatings, electronic applications and sealants.

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