BASF to boost epsilon-caprolactone capacity

15 November 2007 19:30  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--BASF plans to increase capacities for epsilon-caprolactone with an initial expansion of up to 2,000 tonnes/year in 2008 and additional projects in subsequent years, it said on Thursday.

Freeport, Texas, was currently BASF’s only epsilon-caprolactone production site, but the spokesman did not rule out that the new capacities could be added at other locations, “subject to market demand”.

A company spokesman told ICIS news after completion BASF’s annual epsilon-caprolactone  capacity would be in the range of 5,000 and 10,000 tonnes.

He declined to disclose how much the company would invest in the project.

Epsilon-caprolactone  and its polymers are used as intermediates in many applications, including thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), adhesives and coatings, the company said.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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