Wacker expands dispersions production capacity at Burghausen site, Germany

Wacker expands polymeric binders capacity in Germany

5:41 AM, 24th February 2017
Wacker’s main site in Burghausen
At Wacker’s main site in Burghausen, it manufactures dispersions and dispersible polymer powders, which find use as binders in sectors such as construction, coatings and adhesives. With the new 60,000-metric-tonne dispersion reactor.

MUNICH/BURGHAUSEN, GERMANY: Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its existing production plants for polymeric binders in Germany. The company is currently building another dispersion reactor with an annual capacity of 60,000 metric tonnes at its Burghausen site. Some €25 million have been reserved for the production and local infrastructure expansion. The plant is scheduled for completion before the end of the year.

Wacker’s dispersions are commonly used to formulate low-odor and low-emission indoor paints, but can also be found in plasters, adhesives, carpet applications or technical textiles. Moreover, they are the key raw material for the production of dispersible polymer powders for construction applications. Wacker manufactures these powders by spray drying at its Burghausen site.

This way, Wacker is taking account of the globally rising demand for high-quality polymeric binders, which is being driven by worldwide trends such as urbanisation, renovation and energy efficiency. Alongside the new reactor, the group is also investing in the expansion and modernization of local infrastructure

“The enlargement of our dispersion production in Burghausen is part of our strategy to achieve further profitable growth through expansions at existing production plants. The additional capacity will strengthen our market position as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of dispersions and dispersible polymer powders, and will help us meet our customers’ continuously increasing demand over the long term,” said Rudolf Staudigl, president & CEO of Wacker, explaining the investment measure.

“We are not only making a key contribution to supply security in the years to come, but also to the cost-efficient production of our dispersions and dispersible polymer powders,” added Peter Summo, head of the Wacker Polymers business division.

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