Annual Report 2021

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Creating tomorrow’s solutions

Strategy at Each Business Division

As a global producer of silicones, WACKER SILICONES intends to continue increasing its share of high-margin specialties to generate profitable growth. WACKER POLYMERS 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 dispersions and dispersible powders, the division aims to replace conventional technologies (substitution) and tap new application areas. WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS is focused on expanding its biotechnology activities, with an emphasis on biologics and bio-ingredients, including foods and nutritional supplements. By 2030, sales at WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS are expected to grow by around €1 billion.

In polysilicon, the focus is on increasing the volume we provide to semiconductor-sector customers and on supporting solar-sector growth with particularly high-quality product for the manufacture of highly efficient monocrystalline solar cells (known as “n-type mono”). WACKER is among the leading manufacturers in both these application areas owing to its high product quality. In addition, our goal is to further cut production costs and bolster the output of existing manufacturing plants as well as to reduce energy and raw-material consumption.

Biotech processes use living cells or enzymes to transform or produce substances. Depending on the application, a distinction is made between red, green and white biotechnology. Red biotechnology: medical and pharmaceutical applications. Green biotechnology: agricultural applications. White biotechnology: biotech-based products and industrial processes, e.g. in the chemical, textile and food industries.
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.
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.
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 degrees Celsius.
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.