Wacker officially opened its Silicones R&D Center located in Ann Arbor, close to the company’s Adrian. The new facility is dedicated to support the Munich based chemical manufacturer’s overall business and product development in North America.
Munich/Germany — The new Silicones R&D Center is located at the co-work campus of the Michigan Innovation Headquarters in Ann Arbor and consists of labs for R&D and analytics. Investments for equipment and interior construction measures were in the single digit million US dollar range.
At the facility opening, David Wilhoit, Wacker Chemical Corporation President & CEO, commented: “We have completed the necessary preparation work and installation of equipment for several labs focusing on research and development. Right from the start we are engaged in projects involving health and medical care, paints and coatings, electronics and personal care products, all of which are key industry growth segments, particularly for silicone-based chemistry.”
According to Axel Schmidt, Wacker Chemical Corporation Vice President — Division Silicones, locating the Silicones R&D Center in Ann Arbor, MI complements the manufacturer’s strategic business model of being close to our customers and close to serving regional market trends. “With the Adrian, MI, manufacturing plant, the pyrogenic silica plant under construction in Charleston, Tennessee, and our Silmix custom compounding facilities located in Chino, California and North Canton, Ohio, we are able to offer customers leading-edge technology, product innovation and a broad range of silicone products”, Schmidt commented. “Our silicone research at the Ann Arbor R&D Center will be focused on developing advanced and forward-looking solutions in concert with regional trends that can be quickly brought to market. And importantly”, Schmidt emphasized, “our team of highly specialized R&D experts in the field of silicone and polymer chemistry will be offering customers long term technical assistance in support of Wacker’s future business growth.”