WACKER Opens Competence Center for Cement and Concrete Applications in Shanghai
The WACKER Group has opened a competence center for cement and concrete applications in Shanghai, China. The laboratory will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions that are able to improve the performance of cement and concrete and to make these materials more sustainable, WACKER said.
“WACKER’s new R&D lab in Shanghai will support our customers to cope with these challenges and to seize the market opportunities which have opened up,” says Paul Lindblad, president of WACKER Greater China. “As a regional innovation platform focusing on cement and concrete, the new lab will cooperate with leading Chinese universities, research institutions and the industry. Its goal is to develop innovative products and solutions which support the sustainable development of the Chinese construction materials industry.”
According to WACKER, at its new competence center in Shanghai, the company will be able to investigate how silicone chemistry can effectively protect cement and concrete against environmental influences and at the same time improve the durability of these materials. “One of the goals of our lab is to develop silicone products that improve hydrophobicity, durability, and other unresolved problems in cement and concrete. For example, silicones are capable of making cement hydrophobic,” says Dr. Peter Jerschow, head of Global Product Development for the Business Unit Construction Silicones at WACKER SILICONES. “As WACKER’s first competence center which will deal exclusively with silicone-based cement and concrete admixtures, the new lab will leverage our worldwide technological expertise and resources to serve China’s growing cement and concrete industry.”