Wacker opens new dispersions plant in Nanjing, China

Wacker opens new dispersions plant in Nanjing, China

7:51 AM, 23rd April 2013
Wacker opens new dispersions plant in Nanjing, China
Wacker’s Nanjing site.

MUNICH, GERMANY/NANJING, CHINA: 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 tonne from the second reactor line, the local VAE dispersion capacity is doubling to total 120,000 metric tonne per year. 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 tonne. 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 Wacker’s 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, Wacker will be able to offer its customers in the region consistently high product quality and supply security over the long term. Wacker is thereby strengthening its position as the world’s largest manufacturer of VAE dispersions.

“The expansion is another important milestone in the continued growth of our polymer business in China. 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 Dr Rudolf Staudigl, CEO, Wacker Chemie AG.

“This is why WACKER ramped up a new VAE production plant, with an additional 40,000 metric tonne annually, at its Ulsan site in South Korea back in February. With the expansion in South Korea and China, we are doubling our VAE capacities in the region - thereby solidifying our global leading position in this segment,” added Staudigl.

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