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Wacker to expand dispersible-polymer-powder capacity in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) plans to expand its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders capacity at its Nanjing (China) site in 2014. By productivity improvement and debottlenecking measures in existing facilities, Wacker intends to essentially double its current capacity of 30,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) to meet increasing customer demand in China. Debottlenecking work is scheduled to start immediately upon issuing of the necessary permission by the local authorities. Wacker’s dispersible-polymer-powder production output in Nanjing is expected to reach up to 60,000 m.t./yr, depending on product mix. With progressing urbanization and increasing need for environmentally-friendly dry-mix building materials in China, local customer demand for Wacker’s  dispersible polymer powders is poised to grow over the next few years. The planned capacity expansion will give Wacker sufficient long-term capacity to meet market demand in the region. As a result, Wacker will be able to offer its customers consistently high product quality and supply security in the years ahead. “After the successful capacity expansion for vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE) copolymer dispersions in Nanjing site…
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