BASF expand engineering plastics compounding capacity in Europe

BASF to expand engineering plastics compounding capacity in Europe

5:53 AM, 28th November 2015
BASF to expand engineering plastics compounding capacity in Europe

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE said it is expanding compounding capacities for engineering plastics, to additionally produce up to 70,000 metric tonne per year of ultramid (PA: polyamide) and ultradur (PBT: polybutylene terephthalate) at the Schwarzheide site, Germany, expected to start from 2017. The expansion will create 50 new jobs.

BASF’s global compounding capacity for PA and PBT will then be more than 700,000 metric tonne per year. Also this year, BASF in Shanghai more than doubled its compounding capacities and started operations at a plant in Korea. The company is undertaking capacity expansion because of the increasing demand for engineering plastics around the world, it said.

“By investing in highly efficient plants we help our customers to meet the increased demands on the materials, e.g for large-volume and globally manufactured components in the automotive industry. As a reliable partner we thus support the growth of our customers and help them to overcome challenges such as lightweight construction and emission reduction with innovations,” said Dr Melanie Maas-Brunner, head, performance materials, Europe, BASF.

The engineering plastics Ultramid and Ultradur are processed into high-performance components in the automotive industry, the electrical and electronics sector as well as in the construction and furniture industries.

Current innovations include the world’s first rear axle transmission cross beam in the Mercedes S-class, the Belleville design chair from Vitra, and also power semiconductor modules from the company Semikron, BASF said.

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