BASF triples methanesulfonic acid production in Ludwigshafen
Waste Management Expo 2020 MAR 12&13 BIEC, Bengaluru, India

BASF triples methanesulfonic acid production in Ludwigshafen

9:32 AM, 6th September 2012
BASF triples methanesulfonic acid production in Ludwigshafen
Dr Stefan Beckmann, Senior Vice President Home Care & Formulation Technologies Europe, BASF.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: After construction time of nearly two years, BASF has now started up production in the plant extension used to manufacture methanesulfonic acid in Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF markets methanesulfonic acid under the Lutropur trademark, with a total capacity of 30,000 tonne per year. Extending the Lutropur plant has tripled the manufacturing capacity and led to creation of 12 additional jobs in Ludwigshafen.

“This increase in capacity is our response to the constant growth in demand for Lutropur. Also new markets are constantly opening up,” said Dr Stefan Beckmann, Senior Vice President Home Care & Formulation Technologies Europe, BASF.

“We are currently evaluating further options to satisfy the fast growing markets world-wide. Our next step will be in Asia/Pacific as we are planning the construction of a new methanesulfonic acid plant in Malaysia,” said Gabriel Tanbourgi, President of Care Chemicals, BASF.

Petronas and BASF agreed in March 2012 to form a new entity (BASF 60 per cent; Petronas 40 per cent) to construct and operate a new production facility for methanesulfonic acid and others. These facilities are going to be built at a new site within Petronas’ proposed Refinery & Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) complex in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia.

Lutropur is a readily biodegradable acid which enables customers in the chemical industry to design more efficient processes. Chemical reactions can often be operated at lower temperature for instance. Therefore, customers can save energy costs and resources. It is used in industrial and household cleaners and in electroplating baths in the production of printed circuit boards and tin plate. It is employed in the pharmaceutical industry and chemical industry as a feedstock for synthesis and as a catalyst.

© WOC News



Your Comments (Up to 2000 characters)
Please respect our community and the integrity of its participants. WOC reserves the right to moderate and approve your comment.

Related News

Asahi Kasei starts lithium-ion battery separators slitting facility in China

TOKYO, JAPAN: Asahi Kasei E-materials has started commercial operation of a new slitting facility for Hipore lithium-ion battery (LIB) separator at it ...

Read more
3M, Avery withdraw the purchase agreement

ST PAUL, US: 3M and Avery Dennison Corp issued the following statement in response to a news release from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding ...

Read more
Shell to build world’s first oil sands carbon capture, storage project

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS: Shell will go ahead with the first carbon capture and storage (CCS) project for an oil sands operation in Canada. The Quest pr ...

Read more
Solvay doubles specialty fluorinated derivatives production in France

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay is doubling the production capacity for specialty fluorinated aliphatic derivatives at its plant in Salindres, France, to ke ...

Read more
MEMC, Evonik settle trichlorosilane supply disputes

ST PETERS, US: MEMC Electronic Materials Inc’s affiliate, MEMC Electronic Materials, SpA and Evonik Industries, have agreed to settle and resolv ...

Read more
Starpharma, AstraZeneca sign cancer drug agreement

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Starpharma Holdings Ltd signed an agreement with global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca giving AstraZeneca the right to test ...

Read more uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. X