BASF, Sinopec expand ethylene oxide production in Nanjing, China

BASF, Sinopec expand ethylene oxide production in Nanjing, China

7:52 AM, 30th May 2013
BASF, Sinopec expand ethylene oxide production in Nanjing, China
Dr Albert Heuser, President, Greater China and Functions Asia Pacific, BASF.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/NANJING, CHINA: BASF and Sinopec are considering the extension of their Nanjing joint venture BASF-YPC Company Limited with the expansion of existing ethylene oxide (EO) production, and a new plant for neopentylglycol (NPG). BASF-YPC will further expand its acrylic acid value chain with additional acrylic acid and butyl acrylate plants. Production is expected to commence in 2014.

Together with the superabsorbent polymer (SAP) plant, now under construction and also expected to begin production in 2014, BASF-YPC Company will enhance its support to the home care and hygiene industries as well as the coatings, textiles, and construction industries. The partners are considering an expansion of the site’s ethylene oxide unit, which has an existing capacity of 330,000 metric tonne per year.

“With expanded production of important basic chemicals including NPG and EO, our new world-scale acrylic acid facility, and our butyl acrylate and SAP plants, BASF can further strengthen its production base in the C2 and C3 value chains. These are the starting points for the full range of innovative solutions we offer to nearly every industry. This underlines our confidence in the development of the Asia Pacific and China markets,” said Dr Albert Heuser, President, Greater China and Functions Asia Pacific, BASF.

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