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Polymers

Wacker stretches rubber capacities

by Alex Scott
January 7, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 1

 

Wacker Chemie plans to increase manufacturing capacity for silicone rubber at several of its sites by a combined 40,000 metric tons per year by 2021. The expansion is set to cost about $115 million. Wacker says the move is a response to high demand for silicone rubber from sectors such as the automotive, electronics, and medical industries. The firm is also evaluating the option of building a plant for solid silicone rubber at its site in Charleston, Tennessee.

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