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2015 Responsible Care Competition of Germany’s VCI: WACKER Wins Award for Sustainable Logistics Solutions

Munich, Jul 09, 2015

Wacker Chemie AG has received the Responsible Care award from the Bavarian branch of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI). At a ceremony yesterday in Munich, the chemical company was cited for its sustainable approach to using raw materials efficiently by avoiding empty freight shipments with its container management program. Key factors behind the jury’s decision were that WACKER’s strategy is of great economic significance and helps minimize CO2 emissions. Every year, the VCI confers its Responsible Care award on outstanding projects in the areas of health, safety and the environment. This year, the VCI invited entries under the slogan “We have good ideas for transport safety and sustainable logistics.” Having won in Bavaria, WACKER now moves on to the VCI’s nationwide Responsible Care competition.

WACKER was cited for its project to optimize overseas freight shipments at a membership meeting of Bavaria’s chemical industry associations in Munich yesterday. Jörg Krey, WACKER’s head of Technical Procurement & Logistics, was handed the award by Dr. Günter von Au, president of Bavaria’s chemical industry associations. “This award,” said Krey, “recognizes our continuous efforts to improve and be innovative, not least in logistics and transport safety.” He added: “It is further proof of the importance WACKER has always attached to sustainability, resource efficiency and forward-looking ideas.”

WACKER has a comprehensive logistics strategy for planning and controlling material flows and, in turn, for permanently optimizing its global transport networks. As early as fifteen years ago, WACKER started systematically shifting freight from road to rail, the latter being safer and more environmentally friendly. The focus of WACKER’s recent optimization project was on transport: on organizing freight even more efficiently and avoiding empty containers. As a result, it is the same container that delivers raw materials to production sites such as Burghausen or Nünchritz and leaves with goods produced there for international customers. WACKER works closely with suppliers and shipping lines to precisely schedule containers for import and export shipments. With this sophisticated strategy, WACKER can achieve substantial, transport-specific resource savings and, at the same time, improve its carbon footprint.

About the Responsible Care Competition

Responsible Care® is an international chemical-industry initiative. Going beyond legal stipulations, the initiative focuses on continuously improving conditions relating to health, environmental protection and the safety of employees and neighbors. In the competition, participating companies are expected to provide clear examples of how they practice Responsible Care® in the chemical sector. The Bavarian Responsible Care competition is open to the 270 members of the Bavarian branch of the German Chemical Industry Association. The jury comprised Horst Wildemann (university professor), Monika Rauh (division head at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology) and Karin Jäntschi-Haucke (division head at the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Transport).

About WACKER

WACKER (www.wacker.com) is a globally active chemical group headquartered in Munich, Germany. In 2014, WACKER posted sales of around €4.83 billion with roughly 16,700 employees. WACKER’s operations are divided among the following business divisions: Siltronic, WACKER SILICONES, WACKER POLYMERS, WACKER POLYSILICON and WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS. Founded in 1914, WACKER operates 25 production sites worldwide, supplying over 3,200 products to more than 3,500 customers worldwide.

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