Wacker progresses silicones expansion

By Patrick Raleigh ERJ On-line news editor

Nünchritz, Germany-Wacker Silicones has installed a fluidised bed reactor for production of methylchlorosilanes, at its Nünchritz silicones production site in Saxony. The unit is part of a Euro400-million expansion plan to boost the site’s siloxanes capacity to 100 kilotonnes per annum by the end of 2005.

Wacker has also started construction of a new hydrolysis facility in Nünchritz, to convert dimethyldichlorosilane into siloxane precursors for silicone production, according to an 8 April company statement. The expansion, it said, will…

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