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WACKER Opens Technical Center for Construction Applications in Australia

Published on 2006-05-17. Author : SpecialChem

Munich/Melbourne -- The Munich-based chemical company WACKER reinforces its presence in Australia by opening a new Technical Center in Melbourne. The facility will serve as a development and test lab for polymer-modified applications and promote the rapidly growing construction polymers business being realized in the region. The investment is aimed at providing optimized support for local customers to develop new products while promoting internationally recognized quality standards in the construction industry.

The focus of the Melbourne technical center is formulation development and realization of customer requirements for the local construction industry in conjunction with raw materials and environmental conditions associated with the region. It provides state-of-the-art technical service for the use of VINNAPAS® polymer powders, offers practical advice on problems relating to construction chemicals and helps customers to implement internationally applicable quality standards for the production of high-performance dry-mortar mixes. The new facility was built with special lightweight cementitious building blocks called ‘liquid frame system'.

WACKER's decision to set up the technical center reflects the strong growth in demand for high-value building materials and additives in the region Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific is the Group's second-largest market after Europe and accounted for 23 percent of consolidated sales in 2005. "Our new Technical Center here in Melbourne is a further milestone in our growth strategy," says Peter Summo, Vice President of construction polymers at WACKER. "It enables us to realize customized specifications in local applications and to test products thoroughly for these markets. In partnership with our customers, we will hence be able to reinforce and further expand WACKER's leading position in this important growth market."

The WACKER Group has supplied basic chemicals to Australia for over 25 years. In 1980, the local subsidiary Wacker Chemicals Australia Pty. Ltd. was founded in response to the increasing demands imposed on sales structures and marketing. Based in Melbourne, it provides support to customers in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji Islands and South Pacific.

VINNAPAS® Polymer Powders

VINNAPAS® polymer powders are high-quality binders for modifying tile adhesives, jointing grouts, mineral plasters, sealing slurries, gypsum, repair mortars, exterior insulation and finish systems, self-leveling compounds and powder paints.

INNAPAS®-modified dry mortars are characterized by outstanding adhesion, cohesion, flexibility and flexural strength. As a one-pack dry mix, VINNAPAS® is easy and safe to handle and inexpensive to process. WACKER is among the world's first companies to foster and actively support the introduction of dry-mortar technology to Australia and the region Asia-Pacific.

WACKER POLYMERS

WACKER POLYMERS is a leading producer of high-quality binders and polymer additives in the form of polymer powders and dispersions, polyvinyl acetates, surface coating resins, polyvinyl butyrals and polyvinyl alcohol solutions. These products are found in construction chemicals, binders, printing inks, surface coatings and in the paper and automotive sectors. WACKER POLYMERS has German, Chinese and U.S. production sites as well as a global sales network and technology centers in all major regions. In 2005, WACKER POLYMERS generated sales of €474 million and accounted for some 17 % of Group sales.

Source: Wacker Chemie AG


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