Wacker Chemie AG and Dow Corning Corp. inaugurated their joint integrated silicone manufacturing site in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, China, investing $1.8 billion in the 1 million m2 facility, which they call one of China's and the world's largest integrated silicone production sites. Featuring jointly owned siloxane and pyrogenic silica plants, the site also has independently owned and operated finished silicone production operations.
he plant's output will target China's automotive; construction; cosmetics and personal care products; electronics; power generation and distribution; solar energy; and textiles markets. Work on the project began in 2006, with the first phase of raw material production launched in 2008. The combined annual capacity for siloxane and pyrogenic silica is expected to reach approximately 210,000 tonnes.
In a third-quarter earnings statement, Dow Corning's executive VP and CFO, J. Donald Sheets, called the plant opening a "major milestone," saying that Asia is currently the largest and fastest growing region for its silicone products. In its third-quarter report, Wacker said that the greater China region accounted for about 60% of the company's Asian sales....