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Wacker Expands Technical Center in Singapore for Polymer Dispersions Used in Architectural Paints

Published on 2012-04-11. Author : SpecialChem

MUNICH -- WACKER, the Munich-based chemical company, has expanded the service portfolio at its technical center in Singapore. The center of excellence located in Singapore Science Park now also includes laboratories, applications technology and test equipment for polymer dispersions needed as binders for interior architectural paints in the coatings industry. This expansion not only enables WACKER to help its local customers develop new and customized products, but also encourages the exchange of know-how and promotes internationally recognized quality standards in the region.

The expansion was made necessary by the region's strong economic growth, particularly with regard to sophisticated paint and coating applications. This measure will help WACKER to further bolster its position as the market and technology leader for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions. The company therefore continues investing in its Singapore technical center to augment and refine its expertise in research and development (R&D), as well as its local applications technology and customer service.

The current expansion has focused on VAE dispersions used as binders for interior architectural paints in the coatings industry. The dispersions marketed under the brand name VINNAPAS® have an enormous application and performance range and can be formulated over a broad range of pigment volume concentrations. Specific VINNAPAS® dispersions are manufactured without the use of alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEO) or formaldehyde donors. Further, they enable the formulation of high-performing coatings without the addition of plasticizers or solvents resulting in coatings with a low content of volatile organic compounds (VOC < 5 g/l).

WACKER is thus helping considerably to ensure and expand the availability of high-quality coating products in Singapore. Moreover, WACKER's local experts are helping to formulate quality standards as well as to introduce economical and environmentally friendly technologies to the region.

About Wacker Chemicals South Asia

WACKER has been supplying chemical products to Southeast Asia for a number of years. Wacker Chemicals (South Asia) Pte. Ltd., which was established in 1984, coordinates regional sales. Since 2007, the company also operates a technical center in Singapore. By having the sales office and technical center under the same roof, WACKER has created ideal working conditions, enabling sales-office and technical-center staff to collaborate closely to provide optimum customer support. WACKER also has several other technical centers in the Asia-Pacific region, for instance in Australia, China, India, Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Wacker

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