CHINA - Wacker and Dow Corning Begin Second
Phase of Pyrogenic Silica Plant in Zhangjiagang, China
October 22, 2009
Dow Corning Corporation and Wacker Chemie AG have started construction
of the second phase of their pyrogenic silica plant in Zhangjiagang,
Jiangsu province, China.
The pyrogenic silica plant, together with a siloxane plant, is a
key facility of an integrated silicone manufacturing site developed
by both companies at Jiangsu Yangtze River Chemical Industrial Park
in Zhangjiagang to produce materials used extensively in a number
of industries, including construction. The site covers 1 million
square meters and is among the world's largest and most advanced
integrated production complexes for silicones, according to the
The overall nameplate capacity for both siloxane and pyrogenic silica,
including the second phase silica plant, is expected to be approximately
210,000 metric tons per year. Investments from both partners for
the new pyrogenic silica production plant will amount to a mid double-digit
million euro sum.
During a groundbreaking ceremony held in Zhangjiagang today, Dr.
Udo Horns, the project's director for Wacker Chemie AG, emphasized
the strategic importance of this investment.
"As with siloxane, pyrogenic silica is a key intermediate for
manufacturing finished silicone products. The new investment will
allow us to better serve our customers' needs, and to drive the
development of the silicone industry in China," Horns said.
Brian Austin, Dow Corning Zhangjiagang site director, added, "Key
application industries of siloxane and pyrogenic silica include:
construction, automotive, electronics, beauty and personal care,
healthcare, power and utility, solar, textile and paper. Our investment
in this site significantly enhances our ability to meet our customers'
needs of using silicone to enhance the performance of their own
products and also to help spur the growth of many key industries
in this region. It demonstrates our commitment as a company to sustainable
development, using our long history of expertise and technology
know-how to create environmental, economic and social benefits wherever
Both companies also own manufacturing plants for finished silicone
products at the Zhangjiagang site. Marketing and sales are undertaken
independently by each company.
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