The heart of the logistics center is a high-bay warehouse covering 4,000 square meters. All incoming and outbound goods are recorded electronically and distributed across the center’s 9,000 pallet bays by a computer-aided warehouse management system. “The Chinese chemical market is not only one of the largest in the world, but also one of the most demanding,” said WACKER SILICONES President Dr. Christian Hartel during the inauguration ceremony. He explained that a highly competitive environment made it important to continually optimize service quality and help to keep costs in line so as to meet high customer demands. “With the new logistics center, we are taking a decisive step forward.”
WACKER’s Zhangjiagang site has been experiencing a rise in volumes for years. The new center can supply customers with silicone products faster and with greater flexibility. This gives WACKER a competitive edge on the service front while helping to keep costs in line. What is more, the high-bay warehouse provides plenty of space for expansion. The IT-assisted warehouse management system will also help to improve the handling of small volume specialty products.
WACKER in China
WACKER has been operating its own subsidiary in Greater China for 20 years and has expanded its activities significantly in recent years. WACKER maintains not only eight sales offices in all key economic regions, but also two technical centers and three production sites. The group produces silicones and polymers in Zhangjiagang and Nanjing, both situated in Jiangsu province. These plants are the largest of their kind in China. WACKER generated sales of over €1.2 billion in the Greater China region (including Taiwan) in 2014.