MUNICH, Germany/NANJING, China - Wacker Chemie AG has announced plans to expand its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders at its Nanjing, China, site in 2014. By productivity improvement and debottlenecking measures in existing facilities, the Munich-based chemical company intends to essentially double its current capacity of 30,000 metric tons per year to meet increasing customer demand in China. Debottlenecking work is scheduled to start immediately upon receiving the necessary permissions from local authorities. WACKER’s dispersible polymer powder production output in Nanjing is expected to reach up to 60,000 metric tons annually, depending on product mix.

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.

Located in the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, WACKER’s Nanjing site manufactures VAE dispersions and dispersible polymer powders for the construction, coatings and adhesives sectors, as well as for a variety of other industries. WACKER’s backward-integrated polymer production not only ensures reliable raw material supply for dispersible polymer powders, but also enables synergies and economies of scale through a common infrastructure and energy supply.