Group Structure and Business Operations
WACKER is a globally active company with state-of-the-art specialty chemical products. Our portfolio includes more than 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 Key Starting Material
Most of our products are based on inorganic starting materials. Silicon-based products account for 80 percent of our sales, and products that are primarily ethylene-related for 20 percent. Our customers come from virtually every major sector, ranging from consumer goods, food, pharmaceuticals, textiles and the solar, electrical/electronics and base-chemical industries, to medical technology, biotech and mechanical engineering. As a manufacturer of silicones and polymers, we are particularly well represented in the automotive and construction sectors. WACKER is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of polycrystalline silicon for the solar industry.
Technical Competence Centers: Support for 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 49 sales offices in 31 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 sessions on our products and their application fields. In 2016, we expanded our existing technical competence center in Singapore.
26 Production Sites
In 2016, WACKER’s integrated global production system consisted of 26 production sites (2015: 25): Ten were in Europe, eight in the Americas and eight in Asia. The Group’s key production location is Burghausen (Germany). At this site alone, we had some 9,700 employees (including temporary workers and trainees) on the reporting date of December 31, 2016. In 2016, Burghausen manufactured 810,000 metric tons of product, accounting for around 50 percent of the Group’s production output. Alongside Burghausen, Nünchritz is WACKER’s second multidivisional site.
Key Factors for Multidivisional Sites