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. -based products account for about 70 percent of WACKER sales, and products that are primarily -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 and , 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.

Key Factors for Multidivisional Sites

Key Factors for Multidivisional Sites (graphic)
After oxygen, silicon is the most common element in the earth’s crust. In nature, it occurs without exception in the form of compounds, chiefly silicon dioxide and silicates. Silicon is obtained through energy-intensive reaction of quartz sand with carbon and is the most important raw material in the electronics industry.
A colorless, slightly sweet-smelling gas that, under normal conditions, is lighter than air. It is needed as a chemical starting product for a great many synthetic materials, including polyethylene and polystyrene. It is used to make products for the household, agricultural and automotive sectors, among others.
General term used to describe compounds of organic molecules and silicon. According to their areas of application, silicones can be classified as fluids, resins or rubber grades. Silicones are characterized by a myriad of outstanding properties. Typical areas of application include construction, the electrical and electronics industries, shipping and transportation, textiles and paper coatings.
A polymer is a large molecule made up of smaller molecular units (monomers). It contains between 10,000 and 100,000 monomers. Polymers can be long or ball-shaped.