By Patrick Raleigh ERJ On-line news editor
NÃ¼nchritz, Germany-Wacker Silicones has installed a fluidised bed reactor for production of methylchlorosilanes, at its NÃ¼nchritz 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 NÃ¼nchritz, to convert dimethyldichlorosilane into siloxane precursors for silicone production, according to an 8 April company statement. The expansion, it said, will create over 200 new jobs.
When completed, the NÃ¼nchritz expansion will take the company's siloxanes capacity to 170 ktpa, including its 90-ktpa facility at Burghausen, Germany. Wacker is world's third largest silicones supplier behind Dow Corning and GE Bayer Silicones.
Wacker's NÃ¼nchritz site produces fumed silica, chlorosilanes, silicone fluids, silicone emulsions, antifoam agents and silicone rubber grades, as well as related precursor products.