Wacker Group Building Resin Plant

MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021


Recently, Munich-based Wacker Group launched construction on what will be its new liquid resins unit in Nünchritz, Germany.

According to the company’s press release, the unit will supply key upstream products for formulating silicone-based building-protection agents and binders for exterior paints and industrial coatings.

Specifically, the silanes and liquid resins used by Wacker are used to produce several specialty silicone grades including:building-protection agents and concrete-protection creams contain these kinds of hydrophobic and hence water-repellent active ingredients, as do binders for exterior paints, corrosion-resistant protective coatings and heat-resistant powder paints.

The company currently produces these additives at its Burghausen site, , where side-stream products resulting from the manufacture of silicones react with alcohol to become silanes and liquid resins.

In constructing the new liquid resins complex, Wacker reports that its  important material loops will close and that the cost-effectiveness of the company’s integrated production system will also increase. In addition, the new unit will also be used to process products obtained from the synthesis of methylchlorosilanes.

“The decision to extend the production of silanes and liquid resins to Nünchritz enables us to respond with even greater flexibility to customer needs” said Wacker’s Executive Board member Auguste Willems.

“The new unit in Nünchritz closes material loops and increases the availability of key intermediates. This enhances our supply security throughout our integrated production system,” Willems continued. “The new setup offers us far more opportunities for supporting current market developments and for establishing production lines for new products if justified by demand.”

The liquid resins plant is located on the site of a former tank farm not far from where a hybrid polymer facility is under construction. As aforementioned, once completed, the facility will produce silane-terminated hybrid polymer binders for high-performance adhesives.

“It was important for us to integrate the new liquid resins unit into the existing surroundings and to use the infrastructure there in the best possible way,” said Nünchritz Site Manager Jutta Matreux. “Both the liquid resins plant and the hybrid polymer facility greatly enhance the site’s status in terms of the integrated production system operated by Wacker Silicones. That also helps us to secure jobs.”

The site is slated to open by the end of 2022 and will create around 50 new production-related jobs.

   

Tagged categories: Business management; Business matters; Business operations; EU; Europe; Program/Project Management; Resins; Wacker

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