17-07-2012: Wacker Chemie AG bestowed this year’s Alexander Wacker Innovation Award on Christian Daniels, John Boylan and Bruce Gruber. The Wacker researchers have developed two novel dispersions based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymers. These kinds of dispersions are increasingly replacing the established coatings for paper applications, especially in the USA. This year’s €10,000 innovation award focused on product innovation.
The new VINNAPAS® EF 101 and VINNAPAS® EF 575 dispersions are used mainly as coating material in paper processing. The coating ensures that the print on cardboard packaging is particularly durable and vividly colored.
“These new dispersions have conquered the North American paper market within a remarkably short period of time. That has changed the rules of the game in this market,” remarked WACKER Executive Board member Dr. Wilhelm Sittenthaler in his congratulatory speech. Dr. Sittenthaler presented the award as part of Wacker’s annual R&D symposium held in Burghausen (Germany).