MUNICH—Wacker Chemie A.G. expanded its technical center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as part of an effort to improve its presence in the Middle East and Africa.
Located at the Dubai Silicon Oasis, Wacker's technical center now has a dedicated laboratory for polymer dispersions as well as an ISO-certified lab for developing and testing silicone elastomers for growing industries such as energy and mold making.
The polymer lab, Wacker said, will serve the region's increasing growth potential, particularly with regard to carpet and energy applications.
The upgraded lab for silicones elastomers caters to the needs of customers of the energy, mold making and automotive industries.
The lab has further been certified according to the ISO 17025 standard.
"We are proud to say that our facility is the first in the region to offer both technical support and testing services for carpet manufactures, plus an ISO-certified silicones lab for high-quality, energy and mold making applications," Cyril Cisinski, managing director Wacker Chemicals Middle East, said in a statement.
Wacker set up a local subsidiary—Wacker Chemicals Middle East—in Dubai in 2000 and has been operating its own sales office there since then.