40 years in Brazil

Wacker Chemie AG is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Brazil-based South American headquarters in São Paulo.

Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda. was established in São Paulo, in 1977 – marking an important milestone in the Group’s South American expansion. In Jandira near São Paulo, Wacker now manufactures silicone products used, for example, in the textile, construction, paper, agrochemical, personal care and cosmetics industries. The company is currently building a new multifunctional facility at the site for manufacturing antifoam agents and functional silicone fluids.

Investments for the expansion will total around €7 million. Wacker's Jandira technical centre further offers customers special support with the development of new products and applications for the South American market. With over 100 employees, Wacker Brazil generated sales of around €90 million in 2016. In his address to some 200 customers and business partners, Wacker Executive Board member Tobias Ohler highlighted the importance of Wacker Brazil for the Group’s future success in South America: “Our sales in this region have grown at an average rate of more than nine percent annually over the past ten years. At the same time, local production volumes have increased five-fold.” Wacker Brazil is ideally positioned, he continued, thanks to high product quality, excellent service and a committed team of experts. “In the years ahead, we expect demand in South America to grow for our high-quality specialty chemicals – and see huge potential for our Jandira site.”

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