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WACKER Opens Its Doors to the Public in the International Year of Chemistry


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In the International Year of Chemistry 2011, the Munich chemical group WACKER will be holding open house on September 24, 2011. Under the slogan, “A glimpse into our world,” visitors to the Burghausen, Freiberg and Cologne sites can spend a day at the company looking behind the scenes and learning about the exciting world of chemistry through plant tours, experiment demonstrations and product presentations. 2011 was proclaimed the International Year of Chemistry by the General Assembly of the United Nations to highlight the accomplishments of chemistry and its contribution to the well-being of humanity.

VCI, the German Chemical Industry Association, called on the chemical industry across Germany to offer open house. WACKER is taking part in this Federal German initiative under the slogan “A glimpse into our world.” On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the plants in Burghausen, Freiberg and Cologne are therefore opening their doors to visitors.

“We’re looking forward to presenting our company to local residents, neighbors and visitors, and to giving them some understanding of our production processes and products,” says Auguste Willems of Wacker Chemie AG’s Executive Board.

As the biggest Bavarian chemical group, WACKER has a very extensive program lined up for visitors to the Burghausen site. Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., a total of 92 plant and informational tours are planned. On the buses’ itinerary are, for example, the historical Alzwerke hydroelectric plants, the silicon grinding facility and silicones pilot plant. On the big central stage, a lively program awaits the guests.
The host is Roman Roell, moderator with the Bayern 3 radio station. He will lead a panel discussion of the site’s history, and topics such as the plant’s energy supply and the sustainability of production.

At WACKER’s Freiberg site in Saxony, visitors can take conducted tours of the plant grounds and experience tomorrow’s technology at first hand. They will learn about the various production steps required to produce a 300 mm hyperpure silicon wafer for microelectronics. They will also be able to view the plant’s supply and waste disposal facilities.

At all sites, employees will be on hand in booths, offering information about quality, workplace safety and environmental and health protection. The plant fire department, health services unit, employee council and many other departments will also present themselves and their work.

For more information about the open house at WACKER, such as the sites’ opening hours and the agenda, visit us in the internet at

About the International Year of Chemistry
The United Nations has proclaimed 2011 the International Year of Chemistry with the slogan “Chemistry – our life, our future.” UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) are jointly coordinating the UN year. Its purpose is to make the public aware of the important contribution that chemical research makes to scientific progress and sustainable development. The development of alternative energy sources, conservation of resources and feeding of the growing world population are only some of the many research fields in which chemists are providing answers and solutions to the major global challenges.


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