WACKER Completes Capacity Expansion for Dispersions and Powders in Nanjing
WACKER has completed its Nanjing, China site expansion focused on vinyl-acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions and VAE dispersible polymer powders. The company’s new reactor for dispersions and a new spray dryer for dispersible polymer powders more doubles the production capacity in Nanjing. WACKER reports that the expansion will help it meet growing customer demand for its high-quality binders, particularly from China’s buoyant construction industry. The expansion cost around US$ 100 million.
The VAE dispersions project is designed around an advanced dispersion-polymerization process and a safety control system that meets high standards, making the entire process cutting edge in this field according to the company. The new production line for VAE dispersible polymer powders adopts advanced spray-drying technology and features an advanced process control system (APC). The two new plants are the largest of their kind in the world and is one of four production sites WACKER POLYMERS operates globally.
WACKER’s Nanjing expansion was launched at the end of 2020 and successfully completed after overcoming various challenges posed by the pandemic during construction. The company held an inauguration event with nearly two hundred guests in attendance, including government representatives, customers, and distributors.