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08-27-2012

BASF Increases PTMEG Capacity

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, has increased its global annual capacity for the production of the chemical intermediate PolyTHF (chemical name: polytetramethylene ether glycol – PTMEG) from 185,000 metric tons to 250,000 metric tons. The company has continuously developed and expanded its production processes. BASF also took measures to modernize and enhance the efficiency of its plants. All in all, the company invested more than 60 million EUR.

BASF started up its first plant manufacturing PolyTHF at its integrated Verbund site in Ludwigshafen in 1983. Today the company supports its customers’ growth in all regions with local manufacturing capabilities at its sites in Geismar, Louisiana, USA; Ludwigshafen, Germany; Ulsan, Korea; and Caojing, China.

PolyTHF e.g. serves as a chemical building block for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) used to make hoses, films and cable sheathing.

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