“In South and Middle America, the market for our silicone solutions is growing, especially in the personal care, household and textile sectors. In order to meet this increasing demand over the long term, we will extend our production in Jandira,” noted WACKER Executive Board member Auguste Willems. After the completion of the polysilicon production site in Tennessee, the Group has concluded its major investments and is now focusing on plants for intermediates, sales products and specialty products, he explained. “In this way, we intend to secure and further expand our position as a leading silicones manufacturer in the region, and provide a basis for future growth,” Willems added.
The new production complex is a key addition to the Jandira site’s supply chain. With the two new reactors for silicones fluids and antifoam compounds, WACKER is able to produce important precursors and starting materials for specialized antifoam, impregnating and release agents and for additives for the pulp and paper, cosmetics and household care industries.
“With the expanded silicones production in the year of WACKER’s 40th anniversary in Brazil, we can offer considerable added value to our local customers and partners,” said Adriano Magalhaes, managing director of Wacker Quimica do Brasil. “The new facility makes it possible to enlarge our portfolio and adapt our products even better to customer needs and local industry requirements.”
Thanks to their exceptional versatility and a unique property range, WACKER’s silicone products are key ingredients for the consumer care, textile and paper industry. In detergent applications, they can suppress foam formation or, when used in a fabric conditioners, impart a pleasant and soft feel to textiles and fabrics. Antifoam agents specially tailored to the pulp and paper industry further ensure smooth, reliable processes. In cosmetics and personal care applications, they enable highly effective formulations, for instance for nutrient-rich and moisturizing skin and body care products.