BASF increases chelating agents production in Germany

BASF increases chelating agents production in Germany

7:35 AM, 11th August 2015
BASF increases chelating agents production in Germany

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF said it will invest to expand its chelating agents manufacturing facility at its site in Ludwigshafen. By increasing the production capacity, the company is responding to the rapidly growing global demand for its chelating agents, such as the readily biodegradable Trilon M (methylglycinediacetic acid) for use in detergents and cleaners. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.

The first additional capacities of Trilon M will be available as of the 3rd quarter of 2015. “The expanded capacities for chelating agents at our Ludwigshafen site enable us to respond to the increasing demand in Europe,” said Jens Kroker, senior vice president home care and formulation technologies Europe.

In addition to capacity expansions, production processes will be made more flexible and the company will invest in infrastructure. “The investment in new tanks and filling stations allows us to flexibilize our production,” said Kroker.

Trilon M is a special high-performance alternative to phosphate in automatic dishwashing detergents and is readily biodegradable. EU regulations stipulate that phosphate will be virtually prohibited for this application in Europe from 2017 onwards. In the US, 16 states have already banned phosphate in this application since 2010. Therefore, manufacturers of cleaning products are currently seeking suitable alternatives to this ingredient. “The market for more environmentally friendly detergents and cleaners is growing substantially,” added Kroker.

Also BASF’s world-scale Trilon M plant is under construction in Theodore/Alabama. This new plant is scheduled to be commissioned in the 4th quarter of 2015, it said.

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