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WACKER Opens Technical Center for Construction Application in South America

Published on 2005-10-06. Author : SpecialChem

MUNICH -- The Munich-based chemical company WACKER reinforces its presence in South America. The opening of the new Technical Center in Jandira, Brazil, serves to support the rapidly growing construction polymers and silicones business being realized in South America. The purpose is to provide optimized support for local customers to develop new products while promoting internationally recognized quality standards in the construction industry.

The focus of the Jandira technical center is formulation development and realization of customer requirements. By joining its global counterparts in Germany, United States, Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates, a strong technical support network will closely connect WACKER POLYMERS to its local customers and provide a regional resource for customized solutions.

The Jandira technical center is located 35 km northwest of Sao Paulo on the approx. 21,000 m2 premises of Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda. The facility will serve as the South American hub directed through the lead technical center for the Americas located in Adrian, Michigan, to optimize technical support as well as individual assis-tance to local businesses.

The Brazilian subsidiary Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda. was founded in 1977. Since 1980, silicone products are produced in Jandira. With the ability to work formulation of WACKER products in conjunction with raw materials and environmental conditions associated with the region, the Technical Center is poised to become an integral part of supporting WACKER customers, prospects and distributors. In addition to its technical service responsibilities with respect to comparative lab testing of construction products, the location of the center at the sales office and production facility property will enable technicians to closely support sales staff, attend tradeshows and accompany sales representatives with customer visits.

WACKER POLYMERS

WACKER POLYMERS is the global market leader in high quality binders and polymer additives. The product portfolio includes construction chemicals, and functional polymers for coatings, paints and other industrial applications as well as base chemicals (acetyls). WACKER POLYMERS redispersible powders, dispersions, solid resins, powder binders and surface coatings are used in paper, adhesives, printing inks and industrial paints.

WACKER POLYMERS has production sites in Germany, in the U.S., and in China, as well as worldwide sales offices and technology cen-ters in all key regions. In 2004, the business division generated sales of EUR 424 million and employed about 950 employees.

Source: WACKER


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