WACKER Appoints New Distributor for Dispersions in Argentina
As part of a constant sales channel improvement, WACKER, the Munich-based chemical company, reorganizes its distribution network for VINNAPAS® and VINNOL® brand polymer dispersions in Argentina. From June 2017 on, SAFER will take over the distribution of WACKER’s dispersions business for construction, coatings and adhesive applications in Argentina.
SAFER, a distribution partner with more than 50 years of experience in the regional distribution market and the leading distributor of silicone products in Argentina, will now also sell WACKER’s VINNAPAS® and VINNOL® brand polymer dispersions in the region. “The partnership with SAFER will significantly strengthen WACKER’s position in Argentina, a region in which we see growing demand for our high-value dispersions products and solutions,” says Adriano Magalhaes, managing director of Wacker Química do Brasil and responsible for the WACKER business in Argentina.
With over 60 years’ experience in the development and production of polymeric binders, WACKER is a global technology and market leader in the field of vinyl-acetate-based copolymers and terpolymers. VINNAPAS® and VINNOL® dispersions are chiefly used as binders in sectors such as construction, paints, coatings and adhesives, for example for formulating high-quality adhesives or low-odor, environmentally-friendly interior paints. Other applications include plasters, paper coatings, carpet applications and technical textiles.
WACKER in Middle and South America
WACKER has been supplying the Americas with basic chemicals since as early as the mid-1960s. The company laid the foundation for its presence in Middle America with a separate sales office in Mexico in 1972. The local subsidiary Wacker Mexicana S.A. was founded in Mexico City in 1975. To meet the rising challenges to sales in South America, WACKER set up a wholly-owned subsidiary – Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda. – in Jandira, 35 km northwest of São Paulo, in 1977. Today, beside sales and marketing, the approx. 21,000-m² site houses its own production plant, which produces, for example, silicone fluids and emulsions, silicone-based antifoam agents, resins, rubber compounds and personal care products. In 2003, WACKER opened a technical center for silicone applications in Jandira, which was expanded in 2005 and 2013 to include labs for dispersible polymer powders and dispersions for construction applications. In spring 2010, WACKER established a local branch of its international training centers, the WACKER ACADEMY, at the Jandira technical center.