BASF triples methanesulfonic acid production in Ludwigshafen
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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.

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