15 October 1999 13:43 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--BASF announced Friday that it plans to build a 70 000 tonne/year plant to produce superabsorbents in Guarantigueta, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The new plant would represent a 50% increase in BASF's annual capacity for superabsorbents used in diapers and other non-woven products. It is scheduled to come on stream in 2002 and employ new technology developed by the German chemicals giant. No details were given.
BASF is already building a $30m (Euro28m) butyl acrylate plant in Guarantigueta to meet the demand for acrylic acid and dispersions used in the coatings and non-woven textile sectors. The plant is due on stream in 2001. A spokesman said that BASF is still considering whether to build a glacial acrylic acid plant at the expanding complex.
The group believes that investments will give it a strong position in Brazil and the developing Mercosur trade area. It said: "BASF sees this investment in Brazil as an important step towards further globalisation of the superabsorbents business."
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