BASF to increase US formic acid, methylformate imports

08 December 2008 22:25  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--BASF will increase US imports of formic acid and methylformate to make up for the closing of the Texas plant that makes the material, company officials said on Monday.

Most of the US formic acid sold by BASF is currently produced by Celanese at its site in Pampa, Texas, which is being closed early next year.

Methylformate is a precursor of formic acid, and BASF is the world’s largest supplier of formic acid.

The Texas plant produces 25,000 tonnes/year of formic acid, according to ICIS.

BASF spokesman Bill Pagano would not say how much formic acid or methylformate will be imported.

"We're importing enough to satisfy what we're selling to our customers," Pagano said.

Formic acid is used as an additive for silage, a preservative for animal feed, finishing and leather tanning and pesticide- and rubber-product manufacture

Methylformate is used as an intermediate in the production of crop-protection agents and pharmaceuticals, and as a blowing agent.

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