Investing in China Wacker to build Pilot Reactor for VAE Dispersions in Nanjing

Editor: Anke Geipel-Kern

Wacker builds a new Pilot Reactor for Dispersions in China. Scheduled for completion in the second half of 2016, the facility should help the company to solidify its position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of VAE dispersions.

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A view to Wacker’s Nanjing site.
A view to Wacker’s Nanjing site.
(Bild: Wacker)

Munich / Nanjing – Wacker Chemie is building a new pilot reactor for testing vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions at its site in Nanjing. This will help the company to strengthen its local research and development capabilities in Greater China.

Thus, Wacker is increasing its local expertise in product development, applications support and customer service, thereby serving the growing markets for high-quality VAE binders in China and Asia. Investment for the pilot reactor amounts to some €2.4 million.

The companys Nanjing site: this fully integrated plant manufactures Vinnapas dispersions and dispersible polymer powders as binders for sectors such as construction, coatings and adhesives. The new pilot reactor for VAE dispersions will enable Wackers to increase its local expertise, applications support and customer service.

Test Facility will Strengthen Expertise

“Our new test facility at Nanjing is another strategic milestone toward optimally satisfying our customers’ growing demand for high-quality polymer products”, explained Rudolf Staudigl, CEO of Wacker Chemie. The company is continually investing in its global facilities to augment and refine its local expertise, applications technology and customer service. “The pilot reactor will enable us to design – together with our customers – first-class locally manufactured products and solutions, and adapt them to specific local requirements. This new facility further solidifies Wacker’s role as a leading technology partner to numerous key industries and illustrates our long-term commitment to China”, Staudigl said.

The pilot reactor will serve as a test facility for tailor-made VAE dispersions, for instance for China’s construction, coatings and adhesives sectors. New products are tested in close collaboration with Wacker’s technical center in Shanghai, taking into account local climatic conditions, building techniques and raw materials. The Company is thus responding to the rising demand for high-quality VAE binders in China and Asia. Wackers’s dispersions, marketed under the Vinnapas brand, find application, for instance, in the formulation of low-odor and low-emission indoor paints, but also in plasters, adhesives, carpet applications or technical textiles.

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