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Wacker starts new silicone polymer production

wacker_20110706_cprjWacker Chemie AG, a Germany-based chemical group, has started operating several silicone

polymer production lines at its Burghausen site, the company announced on July 5. The lines are for high-purity specialty silicones, encapsulation and coating compounds, as well as UV-activated silicones for the medical, LED and electronics industries.

The new facility meets Wacker’s novel Clean Operations principles and thus fulfills quality and purity standards otherwise only typical of the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries. “In general, this plant is operating according to selected Good Manufacturing Practice principles, which makes it one of a kind worldwide,” said Dr Bernd Pachaly, Head of the Engineering Silicones Business Unit.

Production, filling and logistics are housed separately and can only be accessed from outside via special airlocks. Particularly strict regulations apply to filling operations. Aside from special stipulations regarding clothing and hygiene, air and particle filters ensure compliance with the international ISO standard for class 8 cleanrooms.

Also, every single production step is monitored and documented constantly. “This is how we can make sure that our products leave the plant in top condition and meet all required quality standards,” explained Dr Pachaly.

The new clean-operations facility produces Silpuran and Elastosil silicone elastomers for medical applications, as well as highly specialized Lumisil, Semicosil, and Wacker SilGel silicone products for encapsulating and coating electronic components. There is also a production line for UV silicones.


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