The new technical center in Bengaluru is WACKER’s third such facility in India. A center for polymer applications was opened in Mumbai back in 2009. Located in the suburb of Goregaon, it houses Wacker Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. (a fully owned subsidiary) and Wacker Metroark Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (a joint venture in which WACKER holds a 51-percent stake). Expanded in 2011, this technical center supports customers from sectors such as construction, paints and coatings, plastics and textiles in developing new products and applications for the Indian market. WACKER also operates a technical center for silicone products in Kolkata.
Like its counterpart in Mumbai, the new technical center in Bengaluru adjoins a WACKER ACADEMY training center, the purpose of which is to intensify knowledge transfer in the local market. WACKER ACADEMY courses cater to the specific needs of India’s construction-chemicals industry and give customers and business partners an opportunity to learn about all relevant aspects of tile-adhesive applications. Close proximity to the applications labs promotes a lively exchange of expertise and creates an optimal environment for customer service. WACKER ACADEMY provides an ideal, industry-specific platform for networking among customers, distribution partners and WACKER specialists.
About WACKER POLYMERS
WACKER can look back at over 80 years’ experience in the manufacture of polymer binders. Today, WACKER is a leading producer of state-of-the-art binders and polymeric additives based on polyvinyl acetate and vinyl acetate copolymers. These take the form of dispersible polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins, and solutions. The products are used in construction chemicals, paints, surface coatings, adhesives and nonwovens, as well as in fiber composites and polymeric materials based on renewable resources. WACKER operates production sites for polymer binders in Germany, China, South Korea and the USA, as well as a global sales network and technical centers in all major regions.
About WACKER in India
WACKER has been supplying chemical products to India since the 1970s. Established in Kolkata in 1998, the joint venture Wacker Metroark Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. began producing a wide variety of silicones as early as 1999. The local subsidiary, Wacker Chemie India Pvt. Ltd., was founded in 2007 in response to increasing market demands and potentials. WACKER opened a new office and technical center for silicone and polymer applications in Mumbai in November 2009 and expanded it in 2011. With a workforce of almost 300 employees (including Wacker Metroark), WACKER generated annual sales of €191 million in India in 2018 – an increase of more than 20 percent year over year.