WACKER Expands Production Capacity for Dispersions in USA
- ANNUAL CAPACITY AT CALVERT CITY SITE (KENTUCKY, USA) TO INCREASE BY 85,000 METRIC
- INVESTMENT VOLUME OF AROUND €50 MILLION
- ADDITIONAL CAPACITY WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE SECOND HALF OF 2015
- NEW ETHYLENE PIPELINE SECURES RAW MATERIAL SUPPLY
- CEO RUDOLF STAUDIGL: “THE EXPANSION IS ESSENTIAL IF WE ARE TO MEET OUR CUSTOMERS’
DEMAND FOR OUR DISPERSIONS OVER THE COMING YEARS”
Munich / Calvert City, Mar 09, 2015
Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its existing vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE)
dispersions production facilities in the United States. The Munich-based chemical
company will add a new reactor with an annual capacity of 85,000 metric tons at its
Calvert City site, investing an amount of around €50 million in the site’s capacity
and infrastructure. This makes the complex the largest of its kind in the Americas.
The new reactor is scheduled to come on stream by mid-2015.
WACKER’s production facility in Calvert City: The additional annual capacity of 85.000
tons of VAE dispersion will be used for applications in the paints and coatings, adhesives,
construction, paper, carpet and nonwoven industries.
“Capacity expansion is essential if we are to meet our customers’ demand for our dispersions
over the coming years”, explained Rudolf Staudigl, CEO of Wacker Chemie AG, the reason
for the investment. “After extending our dispersions capacities at our sites in South
Korea and China in the course of the last two years, we have now pushed ahead with
expanding our production in the US, too. Thus, we will be able to keep pace with future
market growth and strengthen our leading position in VAE dispersions”, Staudigl said.
WACKER has further added an ethylene pipeline to the Calvert City facility for increasing
the long-term reliability of raw material supply at the site. “This investment in
our continuous raw-material supply is an important step: it not only makes a key contribution
to supply security in the years to come, but also to the cost-efficient production
of our dispersions,” explained John Fotheringham, vice president of Dispersions at
With over 50 years’ experience in the development and production of vinyl acetate-ethylene
copolymer dispersions, WACKER is a global technology and market leader in this field.
VINNAPAS® dispersions are popular binders in the construction, paints, coatings and adhesives
industries. The dispersions find application, for instance, in the formulation of
low-odor and low-emission indoor paints, but also in plasters, technical textiles
and nonwovens, carpet adhesives and as binders in polymer materials based on renewable
About WACKER POLYMERS
WACKER POLYMERS is a leading producer of state-of-the-art binders and polymeric additives
based on polyvinyl acetate and vinyl acetate copolymers. These take the form of dispersible
polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins, and solutions. They are used in construction
chemicals, paints, surface coatings, adhesives and nonwovens, and in fiber composites
and polymeric materials based on renewable resources. WACKER POLYMERS has production
sites in Germany, China, South Korea and the USA, as well as a global sales network
and technical centers in all major regions.