Wacker Chemie AG recently announced it has opened a new technical center for carpet applications in Dalton, Ga. The center offers lab facilities for developing and testing polymeric binders for the carpet industry. In addition, the WACKER ACADEMY international training center is opening a local branch at the Dalton site.

The new technical center is reportedly focused on developing new formulations with vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions, and meeting the local demands of customers in the carpet industry. VAE dispersions of the VINNAPAS® brand are increasingly being used in place of traditional latexes as binders for bonding carpet backing.

“Our aim is to support our customers in the carpet industry by realizing their individual requirements directly on the spot, and to develop and test innovative VAE binder applications together with them,” said Peter Summo, head of the dispersions business. “Our new technical center in Dalton will greatly improve the support we give our customers in developing new product solutions.”

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