WACKER Opens Plant in Nanjing, China
November 23, 2009
MUNICH, Germany/NANJING, China - WACKER, the Munich-based chemical group, officially opened its new dispersible powder and vinyl acetate ethylene dispersion plant in Nanjing, China. With an annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons of dispersible powder, the Nanjing plant is the largest of its kind in China. The aim of this investment project is to secure sufficient long-term VINNAPAS® polymer-powder capacity and to guarantee Asia-Pacific customers consistently high delivery reliability and product quality in the future. WACKER ranks among the world’s largest producers of dispersible polymer powders for the construction industry.
Located in the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, the new WACKER Nanjing site covers an area of 100,000 square meters. First-phase investment of this fully integrated production complex, which serves the entire product line from vinyl acetate ethylene dispersions to dispersible powders, is over 50 million euros. WACKER already has a staff of nearly 100 employees at its Nanjing facility.
Along with WACKER’s dryer plant in Burghausen, Germany, the Nanjing plant is the largest of its kind in the world. WACKER has been producing polymer powders and dispersions for the construction industry for more than 50 years. VINNAPAS polymer powders are thermoplastic, plasticizer-free polymers derived primarily from vinyl acetate and ethylene.
China’s growing demand for VINNAPAS dispersible polymer powders is chiefly due to the need for dependable, lightweight and energy-efficient building materials. Increasingly, Chinese houses are being lined with exterior insulation and finish systems. VINNAPAS is a major component of the specialty mortars used in these systems. The dispersible polymer powder ensures that the individual layers that make up such systems are bonded together permanently.