16 May 2006 14:48 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--BASF has completed de-bottlenecking at the Geismar plant in Louisiana, doubling its North America production capacity for polyetheramine products, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
BASF did not give any details of the new capacity or the cost of the project. A spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
As well as expanding its share of the markets for polyurea and epoxy, the overall size of the markets has increased, the company said.
“We have seen strong growth of our products in these markets as well as strong growth of these markets themselves," BASF said.
Polyetheramines are used in polyurea and epoxy systems employed in the automobile and construction industries, it said. Other applications include plastics, composites and adhesives.
On 5 April, BASF said it would increase its polyols production capacity in the US by 40%, including the construction of two new reactors and the revamping of two existing reactors at the Geismar site.
It will also transfer a major part of the polyol production from its Wyandotte site in Michigan to Geismar under a $125m (Euro102m) plan to increase its US polyol production to 350,000 tonne/year in 2008 from 250,000 tonne/year currently.
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