Wacker build new dispersions plant in South Korea

Wacker to build new dispersions plant in South Korea

7:27 AM, 25th September 2012
Wacker to build new dispersions plant in South Korea
Auguste Willems, Executive Board member of Wacker Chemie AG.

MUNICH, GERMANY/SEOUL, KOREA: Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its production capacity in South Korea for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions. The company is constructing a new plant with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tonne at its site in Ulsan. With a budget of €10 million for the expansion project, the capacity will almost double at Ulsan’s VAE dispersion unit. 

The enlarged production complex will become one of the biggest of its kind in South Korea. Expected to start up in January 2013, the new plant will enable Wacker to meet accelerating demand for high-quality VAE dispersions, especially in South East Asia’s developing countries.

Wacker already produces vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer dispersions at Ulsan for use as binders in the adhesives industry. Now, the group is constructing a second reactor line with an additional 40,000 metric tonne of annual capacity for applications in the paints and coatings, construction, nonwoven, paper and carpet industries.

Wacker expects growing demand for top-quality VAE dispersions, especially for those used in formulating more environmentally-friendly products featuring low emissions. “That was why we also began this spring expanding annual VAE capacity at our Chinese site in Nanjing, where we are adding 60,000 metric tonne. Nanjing’s new capacity is expected to come on stream by mid-2013. Our expansion projects in South Korea and China will double our VAE capacity in the region,” explained Auguste Willems, Executive Board member of Wacker Chemie AG.

“The additional capacity will enable us to continue supplying high-quality, locally manufactured products and solutions to customers in the region. It will also mean we can meet their special requirements in a targeted manner,” said Han-Hyung Cho, Head, Wacker Chemicals Korea.

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