The Stetten Salt Mine - Wacker Chemie AG

The Stetten Salt Mine


Stetten Salt Mine

The Stetten salt mine is one of the oldest and yet most modern salt mines in Germany. In 1852, "Saline Stetten" near Haigerloch, Germany was built as proposed by the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm IV.

Stetten Salt Mine - Aerial view
Aerial picture of the above-ground facilities

Production commenced as early as 1854, at first focusing on table and animal feed salt. Following World War I the mine became the property of "Preußischen Bergwerks und Hütten AG," today's Preussag. In 1924, WACKER leased the mine to cover its rising rock salt needs, eventually buying it in 1960.

Today, the Stetten salt mine annually produces some 500,000 metric tons of industrial and road salt. A large portion of the rock salt is shipped to the Burghausen plant for producing silicones, hyperpure polysilicon, organic intermediates and pyrogenic silica.

Site Facts & Figures
Location 80 km south of Stuttgart, between the A81 and B 27
Size 120,000 m² site grounds, mining rights for 180 km²
Employees ca. 70 (as per Dec 31, 2018)
Products industrial salt, de-icing salt, brine, commercial salt, salt licks
Services Storage of stowing material


Wacker Chemie AG

The Stetten Salt Mine
Salinenstrasse 49
72401 Haigerloch-Stetten
Phone: +49 74 74694-0
Fax: +49 74 74694-160