Business Model of the Group
WACKER is a global company with state-of-the-art specialty chemical products. Our portfolio includes over 3,200 products supplied in over 100 countries. WACKER products are found in countless everyday items, ranging from cosmetic powders to solar cells.
Silicon Is Our Main Starting Material
Most of our products are based on inorganic starting materials. Silicon-based products account for about 70 percent of WACKER sales, and products that are primarily ethylene-related for 30 percent. Our customers come from virtually every major industry, including base chemicals, electrical engineering and electronics, the solar, textile and food sectors, consumer goods, medical technology and biotech. As a manufacturer of silicones and polymers, WACKER has a particularly strong presence in the construction and automotive sectors. WACKER is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of polycrystalline silicon for the solar industry.
Technical Competence Centers Support Sales and Marketing Activities
WACKER operates all over the world. Our sales strategy is centered around expanding our presence in growth markets. In total, WACKER has 50 sales offices in 32 countries. Our sales organization is supplemented not only by a network of technical competence centers, where customers learn about WACKER’s product portfolio, but also by the WACKER ACADEMY, where we offer technical training programs about our products and their application fields. We opened two new technical competence centers in 2017: one in Jakarta (Indonesia) and one in Istanbul (Turkey). WACKER also opened a new research and development center for silicones in Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA).
23 Production Sites
WACKER’s integrated global production system consists of 23 production sites (2016: 26). Nine are in Europe, seven in the Americas and seven in Asia. The Group’s key production location is Burghausen (Germany). At this site alone, we have some 7,900 employees (including temporary workers and trainees). In 2017, Burghausen manufactured around 900,000 metric tons of product, accounting for almost 50 percent of the Group’s production output. Nünchritz is WACKER’s second multidivisional site alongside Burghausen.