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BASF to increase production capacity of butanediol and PolyTHF

7:31 AM, 10th July 2013
BASF Germany BDO Production

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF is increasing the global production capacities of the chemical intermediate 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and the BDO derivative PolyTHF (polytetramethylene ether glycol) within the coming two years. BASF will increase BDO capacity from 535,000 to 650,000 metric tonne per annum, and PolyTHF capacity from 250,000 to 350,000 metric tonne annually.

The company will increase its production by investing double-digit million euro range for BDO operations at BASF’s Geismar, Louisiana, site, and for PolyTHF operations at the Caojing, China, site. The Chinese plants will be built by two joint venture companies established by BASF and Xinjiang Markor Chemical Industry Co Ltd. The plants with an annual production capacity of 100,000 metric tonne of BDO and 50,000 metric tonne of PolyTHF are expected to start operations in 2015.

“By expanding our global BDO and PolyTHF capacities, we are moving in line with the steadily growing market and continually rising demand of our customers. The demand for BDO and PolyTHF has increased notably in the Americas. Our measures will enable us to continue meeting this demand reliably out of our local assets in Geismar. In the Asia Pacific region, the markets for PolyTHF continue to grow, and so do our customers. We are taking these measures to support our partners in their growth and accompany them as a reliable local manufacturer and supplier in the future too,” said Sanjeev Gandhi, President, Intermediates division, BASF.

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