Today, VINNAPAS® is available in six product classes and used in over 3,000 specific application formulations. With its dispersible polymer powders, WACKER has always been an innovation driver in the construction sector. Product development is a key component of its corporate strategy. With annual R&D expenditures at some 3% of sales, the Munich-based chemical group ranks among the industry’s most research-intensive companies. Over the past five years, this gave rise to around 90 to 100 new patent applications and inventions per year.
WACKER’s dispersible polymer powders are also continuously being developed in order to support the construction sector’s four megatrends: cost efficiency, saving energy, optimum space utilization and environmental awareness. “Gaining a lead over competitors means solving tomorrow’s challenges today. Our aim is to develop convincing solutions with and for our customers early on,” said Collignon.
Whereas dispersible polymer powders have long been established as building additives in western industrialized countries, emerging-market economies in Asia, South America and eastern Europe, in particular, are registering an above-average rise in demand. WACKER is well prepared to meet this demand. At our technical centers around the world, technicians are working on new dispersible polymer powders, dry-mix mortars and standards for country-specific applications around the clock. This is because, along with the powder itself, the entire mortar formulation has to be tailored to specific requirements such as the regional climate and available raw materials. “Starting materials such as sand and cement differ from country to country. That is why it is important for us to develop a customized solution that meets the local needs of each market and also delivers an attractive price/performance ratio,” explained Collignon.
Our global network also offers support for problems with construction chemicals and local technical service. “It puts us in a position to deal with our customers’ needs and wishes directly, and to develop the perfect solution hand in hand with them,” he added. To provide its locally based customers and partners with the required expertise in high-quality construction chemicals , WACKER has set up WACKER ACADEMY branches at many of its sites. This international training center is oriented specifically to the needs of the construction-chemicals industry, and along with theoretical training offers practical exercises in applications laboratories. “We now have training centers in Germany, the USA, China, India, Russia, Dubai, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico and Singapore,” said Collignon with a touch of pride. “We can pass on sector-specific knowledge about construction trends from around the world to local experts and thus create definite added value for our customers.”