BASF raises polyisobutene capacity with new Ludwigshafen plant

11 June 2010 10:11  [Source: ICIS news]

Steam cracker at BASFLONDON (ICIS news)--BASF has increased its production capacity of highly reactive polyisobutene with the start-up of a new plant at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the chemical giant said on Friday.

The company’s output of low-molecular weight, highly reactive polyisobutene has increased by 25,000 tonnes/year to 40,000 tonnes/year, BASF said.

The plant was started up over the last few weeks, according to BASF spokesman Tim Foerschler.

“In taking this step, we are strengthening our polyisobutene production here at Ludwigshafen,” said Hans Reiners, head of BASF’s performance chemicals division.

“It also shows once again the benefits of our Verbund production network (BASF’s global production network). Integration in the Verbund reduces the number of shipments between different sites, and hence the amount of traffic on our roads,” he added.

The polymer, marketed worldwide under the Glissopal trademark, is an intermediate product that is used to manufacture additives for fuels and lubricants.

“With this investment, we are adapting our capacity sustainably to the steadily increasing demand and continue to be a reliable partner for our customers,” said Ralf Spettmann, the head of BASF's automotive and refinery chemicals business unit.

This is BASF’s second capacity increase of polyisobutene within the last two years, it said.

In April 2008, the company increased its Glissopal capacity at its site in Antwerp, Belgium, by 25,000 tonnes/year to 100,000 tonnes/year.

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