Investing here more than €1.5 billion WACKER transformed the site into a worldwide competitive production plant. Starting 1999, production plants and infrastructure, environmental protection and safety installations have been expanded and modernized. Thanks to continual investment, the plant’s production capacity siloxane is 130,000 metric tons per year. The plant complex for manufacturing hyperpure polycrystalline silicon for the solar industry has a capacity of 15,000 metric tons per year.
The production facilities form a highly integrated production system that ensures a maximum recycling of by-products and raw materials. On the basis of the integrated silicon-based production system, the Nünchritz site has been continuously optimizing its raw-material and energy consumption, at the same time reducing the environmental impact of solid waste, wastewater and emissions.
State-of-the-art safety technology for the site facilities, and a high-tech plant fire department, ensure high safety levels for employees, production facilities, neighbors and the environment. The Nünchritz site's quality management is successfully certified to ISO 9001, the environmental management to ISO 14001 and the energy management to ISO 50001. Since 2001, the site has been a member of Saxony's environmental alliance. Details on environment and safety are documented in the site's annual environmental report.