Annual Report 2022

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Creating tomorrow’s solutions

Business Model of the Group

WACKER is a global company with state-of-the-art specialty chemical products found in countless everyday items, with applications ranging from tile adhesives to solar cells. Our portfolio includes more than 3,200 products supplied in over 100 countries.

Silicon Is Our Main Base Material

Most of our products are based on inorganic raw materials. Silicon-based products account for about 65 percent of WACKER sales, and primarily ethylene-related products for 35 percent. Our main customers are in the chemical, construction, electrical, electronics and photovoltaic sectors.

26 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. 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.

27 Production Sites

WACKER’s integrated global production system consists of 27 production sites. Ten are in Europe, eight in the Americas and nine in Asia. The Group’s key production site is Burghausen, Germany.

Key Factors for Multidivisional Sites

Key Factors for Multidivisional Sites (graphic)
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, automotive and construction sectors, among others.
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.