22 March 2006 15:03 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--BASF plans to increase production capacities for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers (SAP) in Antwerp and for butyl acrylate in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the chemicals major said on Wednesday.
The Ludwigshafen-headquartered company will increase capacity of SAP to 175,000 tonne/year from 115,000 tonne/year. Capacity for the precursor acrylic acid will be extended as a result and a second plant with a capacity of 160,000 tonne/year is to be built to support the existing 160,000 tonne/year acrylic acid plant.
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The new capacities would be available by 2008 at the latest, said BASF.
"The decision came in response to existing as well as new long-term supplier agreements, in most cases with strategic customers,” Markus Kramer, head of BASF’s functional polymers division, said. “Contracts are already in place covering the greater part of the sales volume for the additional quantities."
Acrylic acid is the main precursor in the production of superabsorbent polymers, mainly used in nappies and other hygienic products. Other acrylic acid derivatives are pure acrylate dispersions used for binders in varnishes and paints, and acrylic acid ester.
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