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German chemical firm’s sales rebound

China’s domestic consumption and high-quality development strategy helped Wacker China, a German multinational chemical company, get through the uncertainty of 2020.

The company’s 2020 sales reached 1.025 billion euros (US$1.22 billion), only 0.3 percent lower than 2019 sales of 1.05 billion euros thanks to domestic consumption and upgraded manufacturing. By comparison, its global sales fell 5 percent to 4.69 billion euros.

Wacker China’s sales began rebounding in second quarter of 2020 when the pandemic became well contained throughout China. Customer demand for most of its products remained high the rest of the year.

Its silicone product in China could not even meet demand from sectors such as renewable energy, electric vehicles, electronics and consumer products, where business was particularly strong last year that exceeded the supply.

The firm’s polymers, primarily used in construction, grew robustly due to the recovery of China’s construction industry. Its polysilicon used in the photovoltaic and semiconductor industries returned to growth in 2020 after a two-year decline.

However, sales in its biosolutions division, for which it is the world’s largest key material manufacturer for chewing gum, declined because chewing gum consumption fell with social and travel activities dampened.


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