Wacker Chemie starts up new 60,000 tonnes/year production plant for VAE dispersions at its Nanjing, China, site; additional capacity brings plant total to 120,000 tonnes/year
April 23, 2013
– Today, 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 tons from the second reactor line, the local VAE dispersion capacity is doubling to total 120,000 metric tons per year. The plant complex is thus one of the largest of its kind in China. 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 tons. 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,” explained Dr. Rudolf Staudigl, CEO of Wacker Chemie AG. “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.” This is why WACKER ramped up a new VAE production plant – with an additional 40,000 metric tons 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,” said Staudigl.
Located in the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, WACKER’s fully integrated site already manufactures VAE dispersions and dispersible polymer powders for the construction, coatings and adhesives sectors. The second plant’s additional capacity is also aimed at reliably meeting the strong growth in construction, paper, carpet and nonwoven applications.
About WACKER POLYMERS
WACKER POLYMERS is a leading producer of state-of-the-art binders and polymeric additives based on polyvinyl acetate and vinyl acetate copolymers. These take the form of dispersible polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins, and solutions. They are used in construction chemicals, paints, surface coatings, adhesives and nonwovens, and in fiber composites and polymeric materials based on renewable resources. WACKER POLYMERS has production sites in Germany, China, South Korea and the USA, as well as a global sales network and technical centers in all major regions.