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12-02-2013

Wacker Expands Service Range in Singapore

Wacker expanded its lab facilities at the Singapore Technical Center. Now, the company is also able to develop and test silicone applications for the regional consumer care industry (figure: Wacker)

Wacker expanded its lab facilities at the Singapore Technical Center. Now, the company is also able to develop and test silicone applications for the regional consumer care industry (figure: Wacker)

Wacker Group, Munich, Germany has expanded the range of services which it provides at its Singapore Technical Center. With immediate effect, the service and R&D center in the Southeast Asian sales hub will provide technical support for customers in the consumer and personal care industry as well as in the paper coating and plastics processing industry.

The chemical Group is thus responding to the growing demand for silicone products and the emerging needs of regional customers for technical support and expertise. The investment in this expansion measure amounts to around EUR 400,000.

Wacker has been providing comprehensive customer support at its Singapore TC since 2007. The service and development center, which now occupies an area of some 565 m2 , provides technical support to a wide range of different industrial sectors, including construction, paint & coatings, textiles, paper and chemicals. Its technical labs test and develop dispersible polymer powders and dispersions as well as silicone emulsions, silicone resins and antifoam agents for customers throughout Southeast Asia. In 2012, the Singapore TC started providing additional support for manufacturers that use innovative VAE dispersions based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymers as binders for the formulation of low-emission interior wall paints.

The latest investment is directed primarily at the labs run by the Performance Chemicals and Construction Chemicals business teams within Wacker Silicones. The business division has been strengthening its operations and sales structures in Asia since the start of the year. The enlarged and newly equipped labs at the Singapore TC now enable local development and testing of cosmetic products, shampoos and polishes that are formulated with silicone fluids or emulsions. The TC’s new services will also benefit customers in the paper coating and plastics-processing sectors.

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