Wacker Chemie AG has officially started up a new reactor for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions at its Calvert City site in Kentucky.The facility represents an investment of €50 million (C$74-milion) in VAE-based dispersions and dispersible powders. “Our production complex in Calvert City is the largest of its kind outside of Europe, supporting our successful, customer-focused global growth strategy,” explained Rudolf Staudigl, CEO of Wacker Chemie AG. “Demand for our high-quality VAE products continues to increase, especially for formulating low-emission, eco-friendly products. The additional capacity allows us to continue to meet our customers’ needs reliably over the coming years, solidifying our leading global market position.” Wacker has been producing dispersions and dispersible polymer powders in Calvert City since 1998. The new reactor has an annual capacity of 85,000 metric tons. www.wacker.com