Wacker expands VAE ­production in Calvert City

Wacker Polymers, a branch of ­Wacker Chemie AG, Munich/Germany, announced an expansion of its existing vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions production facility in the United States. In Calvert City, Kentucky, a new reactor with an annual capacity of 85 000 t will be added, an investment amounting to around 50 million € in the site’s capacity and infrastructure. VAE dispersions are needed in the paints and coatings, adhesives, construction, paper, carpet and nonwoven industries. The new reactor is scheduled to come on stream by mid-2015. Wacker has also added an ethylene pipeline connection to the Calvert City facility.

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