MOSCOW (MRC) -- Wacker is to collaborate with Dynaplak, the Dutch manufacturer of biobased raw materials for agricultural and industrial applications, said the producer on its site.
Together, the two companies want to develop hybrid binders based on starch and polymers. The first products for interior wall paints are scheduled for market launch in the first quarter of 2019. Wacker is thereby responding to the growing demand for sustainable binders in the paint and coatings industry.
"Our partnership with Dynaplak lays the foundations for increasing our contribution to more sustainability in the binders market. We will be one of the first chemical companies to expand our portfolio with products based partially on renewable raw materials," explains Dominique Nely, who manages WACKER's binders for consumer goods and industrial applications in western Europe. "In the first phase, we will focus on interior paints - where demand for ecological alternatives to petroleum-based binders is growing strongly."
Dynaplak’s biobased technology together with Wacker’s decades of experience in manufacturing polymer-based binders will result in hybrid starch and polymer-based binders. The starch is a side-stream product from potato processing. Koos Slor, managing director of Dynaplak, says: "In our production process, we utilize starch that would otherwise be lost. Our innovative technology increases the functionality of conventional starch, enhancing its performance." In an emulsified form, starch reveals its properties and helps to tie together components of a paint, such as pigments and fillers. "By partnering with WACKER, our sustainable products will also be available to customers from the paints and coatings industry," Slor continues.
In technical terms, hybrid binders meet the high-quality standards for WACKER products. "We want to act in an ecologically responsible way, while continuing to offer our customers outstanding product quality," explains Nely. The new binders will be manufactured at the Dynaplak site in Veendam in the Netherlands and are part of Wacker's new VINNECO line. It will present the first products from this line at the European Coatings Show 2019.
As MRC wrote previously, in November 2017, Wacker Chemie AG announced that it is expanding its existing production plants for dispersions and dispersible polymer powders in South Korea. The Group is building a new spray dryer for dispersible polymer powders at its Ulsan site, which will have a total capacity of 80,000 metric tons per year. The Munich-based chemicals company is also constructing an additional reactor for dispersions based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (EVA), which are needed as the raw material for the spray dryer to produce dispersible polymer powders. Ulsan’s plant complex, which covers the entire production chain from VAE dispersions to dispersible polymer powders, will be one of the largest of its kind in the world. Investments will total around EUR60 million and production is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2019.
Dynaplak is an innovative Dutch developer and manufacturer of biobased product solutions with an extensive track record in agricultural and industrial applications. Dynaplak creates new biobased high-performance alternatives for traditional petrochemical based products, thereby providing the marked with sustainable choices.
Wacker Chemie AG is a worldwide operating company in the chemical business, founded 1914. The company is controlled by the Wacker-family holding more than 50 percent of the shares. The corporation is operating more than 25 production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The product range includes silicone rubbers, polymer products like ethylene vinyl acetate redispersible polymer powder, chemical materials, polysilicon and wafers for semiconductor industry.