BASF inaugurates world-scale acrylic acid complex in Camacari, Brazil
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BASF inaugurates world-scale acrylic acid complex in Camacari, Brazil

4:40 PM, 19th June 2015
BASF inaugurates world-scale acrylic acid complex in Camacari, Brazil
Michael Heinz, executive directors board member, BASF SE and responsible for South America. (File photo)

CAMACARI, BRAZIL: BASF SE said it has inaugurated its world-scale production complex for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers in Camacari, Bahia, Brazil. These are the first plants for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers in South America and the complex has a capacity of 160,000 tonne of acrylic acid per year. The investment of more than €500 million is the largest in BASF’s more than century-long history in South America, it said.

In addition to the new Camacari complex, BASF will convert its butyl acrylate plant at its existing site in Guaratingueta near Sao Paulo to produce 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, an important raw material for the adhesive and coatings industries. This will be the first plant of its kind in South America, with production expected to start in 2016 and will be based on acrylic acid produced in Camacari, the company said.

“BASF is the global leader in the acrylic acid value chain. This major investment will further strengthen our position in the growing South American market,” said Michael Heinz, executive directors board member, BASF SE and responsible for South America.

“This complex will secure national and regional supply of products that are currently imported. In addition, it will positively impact the local economy by encouraging investment and innovation in the region and attracting new companies to the Camacari industrial area,” said Ralph Schweens, president, BASF in South America.

Superabsorbent polymers are important products in the acrylic acid value chain and are used in the production of baby diapers and other hygiene products. Butyl acrylate, another important derivative of acrylic acid, is used to produce adhesives, construction chemicals and decorative paints, BASF said.

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