BASF: Plasticizers Business to be Expanded in Asia Pacific
To meet growing demand for solvents and plasticizers BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, plans to expand the annual production capacity of its oxo-C4 plant in Nanjing, China, by 55,000 metric tons to 305,000 metric tons by the fourth quarter of 2008. As the demand for plasticizers in Asia is expected to grow by 4 to 5% per year through to 2015, especially in China, this move will ensure reliable supplies of the precursor alcohols n-butanol and 2-ethylhexanol.
At the same time, BASF inaugurated the region’s first plasticizer applications laboratory in Shanghai. The new laboratory’s research and development efforts will focus on flexible PVC applications for innovative products. A team of technical experts will provide specialized services ranging from trials, tests and on-site technical advice to formulation adjustments and joint development with customers.
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