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Wacker expands polymer site in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) is expanding its Chinese polymer activities by investing around €40 million in building two new production facilities at its Nanjing site. Wacker is expanding the site’s existing facilities for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions by adding a new reactor with an annual capacity of 60,000 metric tons (m.t.). This measure will double Nanjing’s VAE dispersion capacity to approximately 120,000 m.t./yr, making the complex one of the biggest of its kind in China. The new reactor is scheduled to come on stream in mid-2013. At Nanjing, Wacker is also building a new plant to produce polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) solid resins with an annual capacity of 20,000 m.t. This plant is due for completion in early 2013. The new production facilities will give Wacker sufficient long-term capacity to meet the strong demand for VAE dispersions and PVAc solid resins in the Asia-Pacific region. As a result, it will be able to continue offering its customers there consistently high delivery reliability and product quality in the years ahead. The main application fields for VAE dispersions lie in construction, coatings and adhesives. PVAc solid resins are used in industrial applications…
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