Wacker Chemie AG is constructing a new production site in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The company broke ground with its project partners and officials representing the city and region.

According to the company, the new site will strengthen its focus on silicone specialties in Europe by focusing on the production of room-temperature-curing specialty silicones. The site will also produce high-temperature-curing silicone compounds.

In total, WACKER said it will invest a sum in the low triple-digit million-euro range in Karlovy Vary and create around 200 jobs by 2028. When fully operational, the site will be able to supply over 20,000 metric tons of custom-made silicones per year. First production quantities are expected by the end of 2025.

“Karlovy Vary will be a new and important pillar for our silicone activities in Europe and will strengthen our position as a leading manufacturer of silicone specialties. With today’s groundbreaking ceremony we’ve achieved our first milestone,” said Executive Board member Christian Kirsten addressing guests from politics and business. “Our silicone rubber grades are in demand in all key growth markets. As an expert in silicones, we can offer precisely the solutions that our customers need to develop innovative products and technologies,” stated Kirsten.