Milestones in the History of WACKER
A company’s history is shaped by diverse factors. The socio-political and economic landscape is, of course, important. But the decisive factor is the company's inner strength.
Research, expansion and realignment require courage and a willingness to invest. Only time can tell whether management decisions were right – and WACKER’s history clearly supports our forward-looking strategy for lasting success.
||Founding of the Consortium für elektrochemische Industrie GmbH
||Founding of Wacker-Chemie GmbH on October 13
||First ever large-scale production of acetaldehyde, acetic acid and acetone
||Method for producing acetic anhydride via ketene (cellulose acetate)
||Leasing of the salt mine in Stetten near Haigerloch, Germany, to secure raw materials supply (subsequently acquired in 1960).
Start of production of polyvinyl alcohol and manufacture of first all-synthetic fibers therefrom
||First large-scale production of vinyl acetate and polyvinyl acetate
||Patent application for suspension method of manufacturing polyvinyl chloride
||Start of work in the field of silicones
||Start of hyperpure silicon production
||Direct oxidation of ethylene to acetaldehyde
||Founding of Wacker Chemical Corporation, New York
||Start of production of copolymers based on vinyl acetate/ethylene
||Burghausen plant switches from acetylene to ethylene as raw materials base.
Founding of Wacker-Chemitronic Gesellschaft für Elektronik-Grundstoffe mbH, Burghausen, Germany (now Siltronic AG)
Polishing hyperpure silicon wafers (1968)
||Founding of Wacker Siltronic Corporation, Portland/Oregon, USA
||Founding of Wacker Chemicals East Asia Ltd., Tokyo
||Founding of Wacker Silicones Corporation, Adrian/Michigan, USA
||Commissioning of biotech pilot plant in Burghausen
||HQ moves to new premises in the Neuperlach area of Munich
||Spin-off of VC and PVC activities as Vinnolit Kunststoff GmbH
||Acquisition of the hyperpure silicon activities of Freiberger Elektronikwerkstoffe (FEW)
||Conversion of Wacker Siltronic into a stock company (Wacker Siltronic AG)
||Founding of Wacker Polymer Systems GmbH & Co. KG.
Acquisition of the silicone activities of the Hüls Group in Nünchritz, Saxony, Germany
||Start of cyclodextrins production in Eddyville, Iowa, USA.
Startup of production of 200-mm hyperpure wafer fab in Singapore.
Founding of Wacker Asahikasei Silicone (joint venture with Asahi Chemical Industry, Japan)
Wacker Biochem’s cyclodextrin plant in Eddyville, Iowa (USA)
||Withdrawal from PVC business, sale of Vinnolit Kunststoff GmbH to Advent Int. Corp.
||Expansion of Siltronic’s site in Freiberg: new 300-mm-wafer production line
||Consortium für elektrochemische Industrie celebrates 100 years of research.
||Commissioning of a production plant for silicone emulsions in Shanghai.
Salt mine in Stetten celebrates 150 years.
Sale of ESK Ceramics GmbH & Co. KG to American ceramics producer Ceradyne Inc.
||WACKER acquires the Jena-based biotech company ProThera GmbH. ProThera changes name to Wacker Biotech GmbH.
WACKER acquires polymers business of the Chinese chemicals producer Wuxi Xinda Fine Chemical Co. Ltd.
Launch of a Spray Dryer in China
WACKER and China’s Dymatic Chemicals Inc. found joint ventures for production and marketing of silicones products.
Conversion of Wacker-Chemie GmbH into a stock company (Wacker Chemie AG)
||Joint venture with Dow Corning to produce raw materials for silicone production in China
||WACKER launches successful IPO
||WACKER acquires Air Products’ shareholding in Joint Venture for construction polymers
||Siltronic and Samsung start producing 300 millimeter wafers in Singapore
||At Nanjing, WACKER starts up China’s largest dispersible polymer powder plant
||Commissioning of additional silicon production facilities in Burghausen
Opening of the largest integrated silicone manufacturing site in Zhanjiagang, China with our joint-venture partner, Dow Corning.
Acquisition of silicon-metal plant in Holla, Norway
||WACKER receives Frost & Sullivan Europe’s “New Product Innovation Award in Construction Sealants” for the GENIOSIL® α-STP-E product range.
||The new headquarters for the Greater China region opens in Shanghai.
After alpha-cyclodextrin, gamma-cyclodextrin also receives EU approval as a “novel food” ingredient.
||WACKER labs succeed in manufacturing a highly-bioavailable formulation of curcumin, allowing easier processing of the CAVAMAX® W8 complex in dietary supplements and functional beverages.
The new production plant for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions in Nanjing doubles local production capacity to 120,000 metric tons per year.
||Siltronic takes a majority stake in its Siltronic Samsung Wafer Pte. Ltd. joint venture.
Wacker Chemie AG celebrates its centennial on October 13.