BASF, Sinopec double neopentyl glycol capacity in China

BASF, Sinopec to double neopentyl glycol capacity in China

9:17 AM, 20th December 2017
BASF, Sinopec to double neopentyl glycol capacity in China
Meets demand for low VOC powder coating application. (File photo)

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/ NANJING, CHINA: BASF SE and Sinopec said that they will expand the production capacity of neopentyl glycol (NPG) at the state-of-the-art Verbund site, BASF-YPC Co Ltd, a 50-50 joint venture in Nanjing, China.

The plant was established in 2015 with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tonnes. Following the expansion, the annual capacity will be doubled to 80,000 metric tonnes. The expanded capacity will come on stream in 2020.

NPG is a unique polyalcohol offering superior performance in many end-use applications such as powder coatings, textiles and construction due to its high chemical and thermal stability. It is mainly used as a building block in polyester resins for coatings, unsaturated polyester and alkyd resins, lubricants and plasticizers.

“With this increased capacity, we will support the fast-growing customer demand for high-quality NPG in China and the Asia Pacific region. The expansion is also in line with the trend towards environmentally friendly powder coatings with low volatile organic compounds, or VOCs,” said Narayan Krishnamohan, senior vice president, BASF Intermediates Asia Pacific.

“As a globally leading supplier of NPG, we have decades of experience in manufacturing and supplying NPG to our customers across a broad range of industries. Customers will benefit from our regional presence, innovation strength, flexibility and reliability of supply,” added Krishnamohan.

“The investment further strengthens strategic success between Sinopec and BASF as we both support the trend of sustainable development. Both Sinopec and BASF have confidence in Nanjing, Jiangsu, and its future prospects, as an ideal investment destination,” said Li Cheng Feng, chairman of Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company Limited and BASF-YPC Company Limited.

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