BASF expands methanesulphonic acid plant in Ludwigshafen

11 May 2010 21:00  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--BASF plans to raise methanesulfonic acid (MSA) capacity at its Ludwigshafen site in Germany to become the world’s leading MSA supplier with a global capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year by 2012, it said on Tuesday.

The plant expansion would create 12 jobs in Ludwigshafen, BASF said in a statement.

The company did not disclose its current MSA capacity or the planned investment sum. According to a 2009 report on BASF's website, MSA capacity was 10,000 tonnes/year.

Demand for MSA continued to increase, BASF said. Because of the high solubility of its salts and relatively low corrosivity, MSA was increasingly used to replace phosphoric acid in detergent formulations, it said.

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