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WACKER POLYMERS’ International Training & Competence Center Officially Opens

Published on 2007-01-03. Author : SpecialChem

Burghausen -- WACKER POLYMERS officially opens its Burghausen-based Training & Competence Center - the VINNAPAS® ACADEMY, whose slogan is "Get the Knowledge Advantage." The international training center provides the ideal platform for advanced training courses, but also for sectoral networking between customers, distributors and WACKER experts.

Catering to the individual needs of the construction chemicals industry, the seminar program consolidates our 50 years of experience with polymer binders by bringing the various users together. Customers, partners and WACKER employees have an opportunity to learn all about VINNAPAS® polymer powders and dispersions as well as their applications. Relevant information covers basic polymer chemistry, formulation expertise, and insights into the successful development of products and applications. The course program is rounded out by an introduction to business administration, intercultural cooperation and the productive use of e-business tools.

The VINNAPAS® ACADEMY Training & Competence Center is located within WACKER's factory grounds in Burghausen, Germany. Because applications labs and production facilities are close by, there is a lively exchange of views and participants have a chance to tour the site. Additionally, collaboration with in-house labs and research facilities, as well as with universities and institutes ensures that seminars always reflect the latest scientific findings. "The VINNAPAS® ACADEMY provides us with a central organization that combines all our training activities and course contents," says Arno von der Eltz, President of WACKER POLYMERS.

Set up in early 2006, the training center initially offered employees all manner of VINNAPAS®-related advanced training courses. "But since external demand for WACKER POLYMERS courses has been rising steadily, too, we decided to give customers access to our Training & Competence Center," explains Peter Summo, head of the Construction Polymers Business Unit. "As the market leader with 50 years of expertise, we enable customers and partners to tap into our knowledge pool. This represents truly added value, because they can directly translate what they learn into a competitive advantage."

VINNAPAS® Polymer Powders and Dispersions

VINNAPAS® polymer powders and dispersions are thermoplastic, plasticizer-free polymers derived primarily from vinyl acetate and ethylene. It was in 1957 that WACKER chemists succeeded in manufacturing - on an industrial scale - the first powder binder as an additive for dry-mortar mixes. That same year, the first spray dryer for dispersible polymer powders started operating. Today, WACKER POLYMERS is a global market and technology leader in the field of vinyl acetate-based copolymers and terpolymers marketed worldwide under the VINNAPAS® trademark.

VINNAPAS® polymer powders and dispersions are used in diverse building applications such as exterior insulation and finish systems, construction and tile adhesives, screeds, self-leveling flooring compounds, plasters, repair mortars, fillers and cementitious sealing slurries. They enhance important properties in the end product, such as adhesion, cohesion, flexibility and flexural strength. Water retentivity, processing properties and weatherability also benefit from VINNAPAS®.

About WACKER POLYMERS

WACKER POLYMERS is a leading producer of state-of-the-art binders and polymer additives in the form of dispersible polymer powders and dispersions, polyvinyl acetates, surface coating resins, polyvinyl butyrals and polyvinyl alcohol solutions. These products are used by companies in industries such as construction, automaking, paper and adhesives, as well as by manufacturers of printing inks and surface coatings. WACKER POLYMERS has production sites in Germany, China and the USA, as well as a global sales network and technology centers in all major regions. In 2005, the business division generated sales of €474 million, representing some 17 percent of total Group sales.

Source: WACKER


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