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Wacker celebrates 40 years in Brazil with new investments

Wacker Chemie AG is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Brazil-based South American headquarters. Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda. was established in São Paulo, in 1977 - marking an important milestone in the Group’s South American expansion.

Customer service on site: at the technical center in Brazil, technical (...)

Customer service on site: at the technical center in Brazil, technical service engineers test products and formulations for the South American market – water-repellent silicone emulsions and low-emission interior paints, for example (photo: Wacker Chemie AG).

The group’s Brazilian manufacturing unit is located in Jandira near São Paulo. The 21,000-m² site houses administration and logistics, as well as its own silicone production facilities where Wacker manufactures silicone products used in the textile, construction, paper, agrochemical, personal care and cosmetics industries. Wacker’s Jandira technical centre further offers customers special support with the development of new products and applications for the South American market. With over 100 employees, Wacker Brazil generated sales of around EUR 90 million in 2016.

The company is currently building a new multifunctional facility at the site for manufacturing antifoam agents and functional silicone fluids. Investments for the expansion will total around EUR 7 million. While the reactor for silicone fluids has already been completed, the plant for antifoam agents is expected to come on stream by the end of the year.

Our sales in this region have grown at an average rate of more than nine percent annually over the past ten years. At the same time, local production volumes have increased five-fold,” said Wacker Executive Board member Tobias Ohler, in an address to some 200 customers and business partners. “In the years ahead, we expect demand in South America to grow for our high-quality specialty chemicals – and see huge potential for our Jandira site,” he continued.

A wholly owned subsidiary, Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda. supports customers and partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Wacker already ranks among the top silicone suppliers in South America and is the market leader for dispersible polymer powders for the construction industry. The region’s main markets for Wacker products range from construction, paints and coatings, paper, electrical/electronics and textiles, through to the cosmetics, agrochemical, household and personal-care sectors.

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