The region’s strong economic development, particularly with regard to electronics applications and modern construction solutions, prompted the expansion of the local facility. “Southeast Asia is an important growth market for Wacker. Our sales in the region have grown significantly over the recent years, and we see further potential for strong future growth in the region,” explained Wacker executive board member Christian Hartel during the opening ceremony.
The technical center Singapore has been supporting customers in the development of new products and applications since 2007, taking local raw materials and environmental conditions into consideration. As part of the current expansion, lab space has more than doubled: A new laboratory for silicone elastomers has been established to serve fast-growing industries in the region, such as electronics, healthcare, automotive and household, to name just a few. Additionally, the labs for construction silicones and dispersible powders, which are used in dry-mix mortars for sophisticated construction applications, have been enlarged. All labs are equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation meeting international standards. Spanning an area of more than 1500 square meters, the regional competence center now houses under a single roof both customer development, applications technology, and a training facility for silicones and polymers applications.
“Our aim is to support our local customers by realizing their individual requirements directly on the spot, and to develop and test innovative applications together with them,” says Patrick de Wolf, managing director of Wacker Southeast Asia. “With the new labs and our expanded portfolio, we are setting new standards in service, advice and transfer of expertise, offering our customers and business partners considerable added value.”