Operated by the joint venture Wacker Metroark Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (WMC), the enlarged regional competence center now comprises state-of-the-art applications technology and test equipment for silicone products needed in the personal care, textiles and construction industry.
The investment is understood to amount to half a million euro and is in response to the growing demand for silicone products and the emerging needs of regional customers for technical support and expertise, says the Munich-based firm.
"By advancing our lab capabilities, we will leverage our local competence to fulfil our customers' needs in the growing regions of India and South East Asia even better", stressed Dr Christian Hartel, president of Wacker Silicones.
"Our top-notch equipped technical center for silicone applications sets new standards in service, advice and transfer of expertise, offering our customers and business partners' considerable added value."
Levi Cottington, Executive Director of WMC, added that the investment in the facility shows Wacker’s commitment to the Indian market.
The extended center, now spanning about 1,800 square metres and furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, supports silicone customers in the personal care, and helps enhance Wacker’s position as a market and technology leader for high-quality silicone products.
Soumitra Mukherjee, Managing Director of WMC, further praised the investment as an important milestone for the joint venture.
"Wacker and Metroark have been working together with great success for over a decade,” he says.
“With our range of high quality silicone products, we are already market leaders in many industries in India today. And with the new labs, we are able to offer our customers even more effective local support."