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Wacker builds new dispersions plant in South Korea  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) 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 tons (m.t.) at its site in Ulsan. This measure will almost double Ulsan’s VAE dispersion capacity, making the enlarged production complex 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. Having budgeted around €10 million for the expansion project, Wacker is strengthening its position as one of the world’s major suppliers of VAE dispersions. Wacker already produces vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer dispersions marketed under its Vinnapas brand at Ulsan for use as binders in the adhesives industry. Now, the group is constructing a second reactor line with an additional 40,000 m.t./yr of capacity for applications in the paints and coatings, construction, nonwoven, paper and carpet industries. Wacker considers the expansion to be essential for reliably and enduringly meeting the market growth that…
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