We encounter silicones every day without noticing them. Beneath the engine hood Silicone rubbers protect car electronics against moisture and dirt Silicone Resin Emulsion Paints ensure masonry remains water-repellent but also permeable for water vapor and carbon dioxide in its interior. But also in medical applications, in which high resistance is necessary, or where cutting edge products are required, silicones produce genuine peak performance – as particularly pure material in medical tubes, wound dressings or orthopedic products, and as safe sealing and insulating materials in electrical equipment or insulators.
From Science to Success
About 75 years ago, the Müller-Rochow process was developed, allowing methylchlorosilane to be obtained from silicon and methyl chloride. This step provided the starting materials for the industrial manufacturing of silicones and started the global boom in the use of silicone products in many different applications. WACKER is a pioneer in this field, and was the first company in Europe to begin researching silicones. In the following years, WACKER processes laid the cornerstone for the modern and efficient manufacturing of organochlorosilanes and silicone products.
This was the beginning of the success story. These early scientific accomplishments underlie WACKER’s reputation as the European pioneer of silicone chemistry. Now, in complex chemical processes, the globally active WACKER Group develops, produces and markets a versatile product portfolio.