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Wacker Invests €50 Million to Expand VAE-based Dispersion Facility in USA

Published on 2015-10-20. Author : SpecialChem

Fig. 1: Wacker
Munich / Calvert City -- Wacker Chemie AG has officially started up a new reactor for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions at its Calvert City site in Kentucky, USA. By expanding its capacities, WACKER is meeting global demand for its dispersions and dispersible powders which is rising amid such world trends as urbanization, renovation and environmental consideration. As a result, WACKER is now well positioned to offer its customers in the region consistently high product quality and supply security over the long term. Having invested around €50 million in the site’s capacity and infrastructure, WACKER is strengthening its position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of VAE-based dispersions and dispersible powders.

WACKER’s production facility in Calvert City
Fig. 1: WACKER’s production facility in Calvert City
WACKER’s production facility in Calvert City: The plant complex is the big-gest of its kind outside of Europe. With the expansion, WACKER is meeting the globally rising demand for its dispersions and dispersible powders.

“Our production complex in Calvert City is the largest of its kind outside of Europe, supporting our successful, customer-focused global growth strategy”, explained Rudolf Staudigl, CEO of Wacker Chemie AG. “Demand for our high-quality VAE products continues to increase, especially for formulating low-emission, eco-friendly products. The additional capacity allows us to continue to meet our customers’ needs reliably over the coming years, solidifying our leading global market position”, Staudigl said.

WACKER has been producing dispersions and dispersible polymer powders in Calvert City since 1998. The new reactor in Calvert City with an annual capacity of 85,000 metric tons further underlines WACKER’s position as a global technology and market leader in the field of VAE-based dispersions marketed under the VINNAPAS® brand. VINNAPAS® dispersions are popular binders in the construction, paints, coatings and adhesives industries. They find application, for instance, in the formulation of low-odor and low-emission indoor paints, but also in plasters, technical textiles and nonwovens or carpet applications.


WACKER POLYMERS is a leading 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, as well as in fiber composites and polymeric materials based on renewable resources. WACKER 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.

Source: WACKER

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