Key Products, Services and Business Processes

We expanded the Group’s product portfolio in 2009 and launched numerous new products onto the market. The divisions’ overall range of products and services remained unchanged. See further details on Research & Development

Our Siltronic division produces silicon wafers for leading semiconductor manufacturers. These wafers form the fundamental basis for virtually all semiconductor products – whether for discrete semiconductor components (e.g. transistors and rectifiers) or microchips (e.g. microprocessors and memory chips).

Our WACKER SILICONES division provides customers with our broadest offering of over 3,000 products – ranging from silicone-based fluids, emulsions, resins, elastomers and sealants, to silanes and pyrogenic silica. The division manufactures not only specialty products tailored to customers’ specific needs, but also standard products primarily used as starting materials in the production of silicones.

The WACKER POLYMERS division focuses on manufacturing state-of-the-art binders and polymeric additives, such as dispersible polymer powders and dispersions. These are used in diverse industrial applications or as base chemicals in the automotive, construction-chemical, paper and adhesive sectors, as well as in the production of coatings and printing inks. The construction industry is the main customer for polymeric binders – used as an additive in tile adhesives, exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), dry-mix mortars and self-leveling flooring compounds.

WACKER POLYSILICON is the Group’s fastest-growing division. It produces hyperpure polysilicon for the semiconductor and electronics industries, and increasingly for the solar sector. While much of its polysilicon is sent to external customers, the division also supplies both our Siltronic division and Siltronic Samsung Wafer joint venture.

WACKER FINE CHEMICALS, our smallest division, supplies customized biotech and catalog products. These include pharmaceutical proteins, cyclodextrins and cysteine, as well as organic intermediates and acetylacetone. This division focuses on customer-specific solutions for growth areas, including pharmaceutical actives, cosmetics and food additives. Since July 1, 2009, WACKER FINE CHEMICALS has been in charge of global production, marketing, sales and application support for polyvinyl acetate solid resins (for chewing gum base). This business was previously part of WACKER POLYMERS. The reorganization has strengthened WACKER FINE CHEMICALS’ food-additive segment.

Effective July 1, 2009, WACKER FINE CHEMICALS Takes Charge of Polyvinyl Acetate Solid Resins for Chewing Gum Base