Strategy at Each Business Division

As a global producer of , WACKER SILICONES intends to continue increasing its share of high-margin specialties to generate profitable growth. For standard products, the division’s focus is on being a full-range supplier with global reach and achieving cost leadership via economies of scale. WACKER is pursuing growth by concentrating on the trend toward value-added construction materials and actively promoting related industry standards (transformation). Using the advantages offered by VAE and dispersible powders, the division aims to replace conventional technologies (substitution) and tap new application areas. At WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, the focus is on expanding biotech activities and acquiring new customers. To this end, the division is leveraging its extensive expertise and its facilities for making biotech products on an industrial scale.

In , our WACKER POLYSILICON division is concentrating on business-process efficiency. Top priorities are cutting production costs markedly, bolstering the output of existing manufacturing plants, and reducing energy and raw-material consumption. At the same time, we will maintain the high standard of quality that has made us an industry benchmark. Our business is focused on increasing output for semiconductor customers and on satisfying the growing demand for monocrystalline applications in the solar industry.

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.
Binary system in which one solid component is finely dispersed in another. VINNAPAS® dispersions are vinyl-acetate-based copolymers and terpolymers in liquid form. They are mainly used as binders in the construction industry, e.g. for grouts, plasters and primers.
Hyperpure polycrystalline silicon from WACKER POLYSILICON is used for manufacturing wafers for the electronics and solar industries. To produce it, metallurgical-grade silicon is converted into liquid trichlorosilane, highly distilled and deposited in hyperpure form at 1,000 °C.

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