BASF to Build New Plant for Specialty Amines in Ludwigshafen
BASF is building a new world-scale plant for the production of specialty amines in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Start-up of the facility with a total annual capacity of about 12,000 metric tons is scheduled for 2015. The product range of this flexible multi-product plant comprises 15 amines for different applications. The major applications are in the construction, automotive, crop protection and pharmaceutical industries. With this new facility, BASF is expanding its global production network of amines with plants in Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide in Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Geismar, Louisiana; and Nanjing, China.
“This facility enables us to react flexibly to changes in the demand of individual products. We will also use it to produce commercial quantities of new products from our innovation pipeline,” said Dr. Christoph Wegner, head of the regional business unit Amines Europe within BASF’s Intermediates division. “Being integrated into the BASF Verbund at the Ludwigshafen site allows us to scale up products from R&D to pilot scale and to commercial production in this new multi-product plant for our customers.”
BASF had announced in March that it is building another new multi-product plant for the production of specialty amines at the BASF Verbund site in Nanjing, China. The main products of this plant, which is due to start-up operations in 2015, will be dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) and polyetheramine (PEA).
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