The 1990s was a time of change in the Indian economy; liberalisation brought with it a huge surge in demand for quality products. WACKER perceived this demand, and acknowledged it by strengthening its presence in the Indian market for silicone products. Similar to WACKER, the joint venture Indian partner Metroark has also been providing innovative product solutions within the Indian subcontinent since inception in 1947. In 1965, it became the first in Silicones in India with silicone oil production out of monomer (chlorosilane), with its unique R&D unit became a DST (?) recognized facility in 1975. WACKER and Metroark started a Joint Venture in 1999 when the existing entity Wacker Metroark Chemicals was born with the plant site near Kolkata. Additionally a compounding plant was inaugurated in June 2011. Wacker Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. was incorporated in 2009 . The business development, sales and sales support and customer service relationship activities for the polymer, biosolutions and polysilicon divisions are carried out of the corporate and sales office based in Mumbai. The state of the art technical centre was also inaugurated in 2009.