Update on Covid-19

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Overcoming the corona pandemic presents us all with new challenges of unprecedented dimensions. At WACKER, we are making a huge effort to firmly counter this situation.

Crisis management teams at our sites, divisions and corporate departments are working together quickly, pragmatically and reliably to keep WACKER operational amid very challenging conditions. Our top priorities are the health of our employees and keeping production running so that we can supply our customers reliably without significant restrictions.

That is why WACKER introduced binding rules and measures early on – including hygiene and social-distancing rules (as recommended by experts such as the Robert Koch Institute) and our ban on business trips to risk areas. Every employee whose job allows it is working remotely at home. And in work areas that are crucial for integrated production and where it is impossible to maintain the prescribed distance, employees are wearing protective masks.

These measures have proved very successful to date. The number of WACKER employees infected by the coronavirus is currently very low compared with other companies. That plays a big role in helping us keep production output high at such a critical time.

Our production level is also important because a significant number of our products are used in key applications for medical care and hygiene. WACKER’s SILPURAN® silicones, for instance, have multiple medical applications, ranging from masks to tubes and seals for ventilators.

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VINNAPAS® dispersions are another example, with applications including hygienic wet-wipes.

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And WACKER’s cyclodextrins are used as additives in antiviral drugs, for example.

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Despite all the challenges, we will not lose sight of our social responsibility. In March, we promptly donated 11,000 liters of isopropyl alcohol, unbureaucratically, to produce the disinfectants needed by Bavarian hospitals and care facilities.

In these difficult times, it is vital to help one another, to consider how we can sensibly redistribute resources to solve bottlenecks together, and to support our customers as effectively as possible. Although we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel at present, we are convinced that if we continue collaborating closely despite social distancing, we will master this unique situation.