Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its silicone production at its Jandira site near São Paulo, Brazil. Wacker is currently building a multi-purpose facility to manufacture antifoam compounds and functional silicone fluids. The expansion is Wacker’s response to growing regional demand for specialty silicones needed in the textile, paper, household and personal care and cosmetics industry. Investments for the expansion will total around €7 million. While the reactor for silicone fluids is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2017, the plant for antifoam compounds is expected to come on stream by the end of the year. The new production facility will help the company to solidify its position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality silicones. In Jandira, Wacker already manufactures silicone products for the construction, textile and pulp and paper industries.