Wacker Chemie to build new US chemical plant

WCN Editorial Team 16 Dec 2016 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Germany-based Wacker Chemie is set to construct a new production plant for its HDK brand of pyrogenic silica in Tennessee, US.

The $150M facility, to be located at the company’s Charleston site, will have an annual capacity of about 13,000t.

Wacker CEO Rudolf Staudigl said: “The additional capacities strengthen our market position as a leading global producer of pyrogenic silica and help us to meet our customers’ growing demand.

“The new plant is the next logical step toward expanding Charleston into a fully integrated silicon site in the world’s second-largest chemical market.”

Construction work will commence in the second quarter of 2017, and is expected to be complete in the first half of 2019. The project will create about 50 new jobs at the Charleston site.

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