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Wacker Chemie AG officially ramped up its new production plant for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions at its Nanjing site (Jiangsu province, China).
With the additional 60,000 metric tons from the second reactor line, the local VAE dispersion capacity is doubling to total 120,000 metric tons per year. The plant complex is thus one of the largest of its kind in China. At the same time, the Group is currently building a new plant at Nanjing to produce polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) solid resins with an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons. It is scheduled to come on stream in late 2013. Capital expenditures for both projects will amount to some €40 million.The dispersion-plant expansion is a response to the rising demand for high-quality VAE dispersions, especially in China and Southeast Asia’s emerging markets. The project goal is to ensure sufficient capacities for the strong demand for VINNAPAS VAE dispersions now and in the years ahead. As a result, the company will be able to offer its customers in the region consistently high product quality and supply security over the long term. “The expansion is another important milestone in the continued growth of our polymer business in China,” explained Dr. Rudolf Staudigl, CEO of Wacker Chemie AG. “The market for high-quality VAE dispersions is continually growing – both globally and, in particular, in China. After all, our VAE technology is outstandingly suitable for formulating low-emission, eco-friendly products or substituting for other binders” said Staudigl. This is why the company ramped up a new VAE production plant – with an additional 40,000 metric tons annually – at its Ulsan site in South Korea back in February. With the expansion in South Korea and China, they are doubling their VAE capacities in the region. Located in the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, Wacker’s fully integrated site already manufactures VAE dispersions and dispersible polymer powders for the construction, coatings and adhesives sectors. The second plant’s additional capacity is also aimed at reliably meeting the strong growth in construction, paper, carpet and nonwoven applications.Picture: Wacker’s Nanjing site. About Wacker polymers:The company is a producer of state-of-the-art binders and polymeric additives based on polyvinyl acetate and vinyl acetate copolymers. These take the form of dispersible polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins, and solutions. They are used in construction chemicals, paints, surface coatings, adhesives and nonwovens, and in fiber composites and polymeric materials based on renewable resources. Wackers polymers has production sites in Germany, China, South Korea and the USA, as well as a global sales network and technical centers in all major regions.More information:www.wacker.com