BASF expands capacity at Antwerp Verbund site

BASF expands capacity at Antwerp Verbund site

4:30 AM, 14th March 2012
BASF expands capacity at Antwerp Verbund site
BASF Headquarters in Germany.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF will increase its capacity for cyclohexane oxidation at its Antwerp Verbund site by about 50,000 tonne per year. The total investment amounts to about €10 million. Cyclohexane oxidation products are important intermediates for caprolactam and adipic acid, starting materials for polyamide 6 (PA 6) and polyamide 6.6 (PA 6.6). The expansion is intended to be completed by the end of 2014.

“By expanding the cyclohexane oxidation capacity, we are further increasing backward integration of the polyamide value chain at the Antwerp Verbund site. This debottlenecking project will help us to reduce our dependency on external suppliers of cyclohexane oxidation products,” said Hermann Althoff, Head of the Polyamide and Intermediates Global Business unit, BASF.

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