MUNICH, Germany – WACKER is expanding the curriculum of its international training and competence centers and will offer more interdisciplinary courses this year. The ongoing content-specific and strategic changes are reflected in the centers’ new name: the WACKER ACADEMY. These centers are not only an ideal platform for advanced training, but also offer sector-specific networking between customers, distribution partners and WACKER specialists. WACKER ACADEMY sites have already opened in Germany, Russia, China and India, with more to follow in 2010.

WACKER ACADEMY’s motto is “Learning from the past for the future.” The academy will work to integrate the group’s knowledge and expertise into a unique concept for specialized training courses. The emphasis remains on comprehensive construction-chemicals training, which, in addition to polymer chemistry, now also covers subjects related to silicone applications.

The expanded program has more interdisciplinary training such as seminars on energy-efficient building and masonry protection. In addition, specialized chemistry courses for other sectors, such as the cosmetics and paint industries, will be offered. The course program is rounded out by an introduction to business administration, intercultural cooperation and the productive use of e-business tools.