ZHANGJIAGANG, China (Nov. 18, 2010)—Wacker Chemie A.G. and Dow Corning Corp. have inaugurated their joint integrated silicone manufacturing site in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, China.
The facility cost a combined $1.8 billion and will supplement the fast-growing demand for silicone materials in Asia.
The unit covers 1 million square meters, and, according to the firms, is China's largest facility of this kind and is among the world's biggest and most advanced integrated silicone production sites.
The site includes a siloxane plant and a pyrogenic silica plant, both of which are jointly owned by Wacker and Dow Corning.
It also features finished silicone production plants which are owned and operated independently by each company.
The combined capacity for siloxane and pyrogenic silica is expected to reach about 210,000 metric tons per year.