WACKER Inaugurates Global Competence Center for Thermal Interface Materials in Shanghai
WACKER has opened a global competence center for thermal interface materials in Shanghai, China. The new laboratory is located at the company’s China headquarters in Caohejing High-Tech Park. The company’s new R&D lab in Shanghai will focus on the development of silicone-based thermal interface materials (TIM) and novel applications. “With the new lab installed, WACKER will be able to significantly improve its capability of fundamental research for such materials and come up with tailor-made products to support our customers around the world,” Stated Christian Gimber, head of Engineering Silicones at WACKER’s silicone division.
At WACKER’s TIM competence center, experts will reportedly conduct fundamental research aimed at overcoming technical hurdles with regard to performance, processability and cost-effectiveness and leverage WACKER’s proprietary technology to work on new material designs. “For improved thermal management of components, the industry is increasingly turning to heat-dissipation materials,”Gimber added. “Our thermally conductive silicones can be processed very efficiently, and they also meet the stringent and rising safety and reliability requirements imposed by the electronics and automotive industries.”
The company added that the facility will develop customized products and solutions with locally available raw materials for the Chinese market, but also support other labs in the company’s worldwide network, such as labs in Germany and Korea, when creating new formulations. WACKER stated that the demand for silicone-based TIMs is expected to grow continuously, as power density is rising exponentially and thermal management systems become increasingly important.
“China’s range of TIM applications is quite remarkable and one of the most comprehensive in the world. What’s more, operating a major TIM research facility here in China also means that our Chinese customers will be able to benefit from a faster response time,” said Paul Lindblad, president of WACKER Greater China.