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Wacker, Dow Corning Produce Silicones

by Michael McCoy
November 24, 2008 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 86, ISSUE 47

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A worker packages fumed silica.
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A worker packages fumed silica.

Wacker Chemie and Dow Corning have started up the first stage of their $1.2 billion joint-venture silicone project in Zhangjiagang, China. The new plant makes siloxane and fumed silica. The two firms will independently convert siloxane into downstream silicone products at plants still under construction at adjacent locations. The complex is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2010.

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