MUNICH—Wacker Chemie A.G.'s march toward a global increase in silicone capacity reached another operational milestone July 5, as the company opened silicone production in Panagarh, India.
The plant, at 165,000 square meters, is three times the size of another Wacker production plant that sits about 100 miles to the southeast of Panagarh in Amtala, near Kolkata.
That site, like the larger site in Panagarh, are run through a joint venture between Wacker and Metroark, known as Wacker Metroark Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
"Panagarh offers excellent infrastructure and very good connections to the Indian railway and road networks," said Auguste Willems, a Wacker Executive Board member. "However, the main benefit of the site is its space. We will use this to significantly expand our production capacity in India and strengthen our market position on the Indian subcontinent.
"This additional production capacity will double the amount of silicone we produce in India in the medium term."
About 100 jobs will be created initially at Panagarh, the company said.