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Wacker opens new technical centre in Istanbul
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Nov '17
Wacker opens new technical centre in Istanbul
Wacker Chemie AG, the Munich-based technology leader in the chemical industry, has opened a technical centre for construction, textile, and consumer-care applications in Istanbul, Turkey. By broadening its local expertise in application technology and service, the Group can now offer its customers and business partners even better local support.

The technical facility serves as an application and test laboratory for polymeric binders and silicones needed in the region’s construction, textile, household, and cosmetics industries.

Turkey’s construction industry is experiencing an upturn, resulting in a growing need for advice. Wacker’s new technical centre is ideally positioned for this trend. The new facility enables, for example, testing of specific properties of tile adhesives and external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS), the two key applications for VINNAPAS dispersible polymer binders from Wacker.

It has, for example, modern laboratory equipment for analyses of viscosity and air-pore content or the curing time of fresh mortars. Furthermore, it offers the possibility of testing the properties of hardened mortars as required by various standards, such as EN 12004 or EN 13499. The properties that can be tested include adhesive, flexural and compressive strengths, as well as water-vapour permeability and impact resistance. Moreover, the new centre is equipped to examine products under varying climatic conditions, for instance applying ETICS adhesives at low temperatures.

The new facility also has a laboratory for silicones used in the textile industry. It allows in-depth studies to determine the thermal and shear stability, foaming tendency, gloss and colour stability, as well as the water repellency or hydrophilicity of the products on offer and of customer formulations. Different formulations can be applied and tested in the new laboratory under realistic conditions, such as padding or exhausting. In addition, the equipment enables specific tests and formulations tailored to the needs of the local cosmetic and household-care industries. The laboratory is also well equipped for developing local formulations. For example, shampoos, creams or fabric softeners that contain Wacker’s silicones can be formulated to help customers with their development projects.

The new technical centre will also be used to hold theoretical and practical training courses. A showroom has been set up that is equipped with various proprietary construction chemicals to show the long-term performance capability of Wacker’s products. (GK)

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