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Wacker Researchers Awarded for Developing VAE Copolymer Based Novel Dispersions

Published on 2012-07-13. Author : SpecialChem

MUNICH/BURGHAUSEN -- Wacker Chemie AG bestowed this year's Alexander Wacker Innovation Award on Christian Daniels, John Boylan and Bruce Gruber. The WACKER researchers have developed two novel dispersions based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymers. These kinds of dispersions are increasingly replacing the established coatings for paper applications, especially in the USA. This year's €10,000 innovation award focused on product innovation.

The new VINNAPAS® EF 101 and VINNAPAS® EF 575 dispersions are used mainly as coating material in paper processing. The coating ensures that the print on cardboard packaging is particularly durable and vividly colored. Compared to the acrylate-based products often used up to now, VINNAPAS® EF 101 / EF 575 offers customers an alternative technology with significant cost advantages. The developers were able to modify the formulation of these dispersions such that it now has the same application-related properties as the materials previously deployed. Until now, the properties of vinyl acetate-ethylene-based dispersions differed from those of acrylate-based products, especially with regard to viscosity and heat resistance.

"These new dispersions have conquered the North American paper market within a remarkably short period of time. That has changed the rules of the game in this market," remarked WACKER Executive Board member Dr. Wilhelm Sittenthaler in his congratulatory speech. Dr. Sittenthaler presented the award as part of WACKER's annual R&D symposium held in Burghausen (Germany). This year marked the event's fortieth anniversary.

The Alexander Wacker Innovation Award

Since 2005, the Munich-based chemical company has honored employees' outstanding R&D work as part of its annual research symposium. Named after the company's founder, the €10,000 "Alexander Wacker Innovation Award" rotates between the categories of product innovation, process innovation and basic research. Next year's research competition focus will be on process innovation.


WACKER has a global network of production sites spanning all key regions. Some 17,200 employees on five continents devise innovative solutions locally for maximum customer benefit and generate synergies. WACKER grows via its diversely positioned divisions in key promising markets and serves megatrends. WACKER's actions worldwide are characterized by growth and value enhancement via innovation, sustainability and customer orientation.

Source: WACKER

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