BASF to raise Antwerp, Freeport superabsorbent polymer capacities

17 December 2010 10:57  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BASF plans to expand its existing superabsorbent polymer production capacities at its Antwerp plant in Belgium and Freeport site in the US, the German chemicals major said on Friday.

The company said it planned gradual debottlenecking and technical expansion measures to raise annual capacity by 70,000 tonnes/year to a total of 470,000 tonnes/year by 2012, with each site contributing an additional 35,000 tonnes.

The company did not disclose the investment cost.

“The aim of the planned investments is to support market growth and drive innovation,” said BASF in a statement.

“The additional superabsorbent polymer volumes are also required to prepare investments at new sites in growth markets,” it added.

Superabsorbent polymers are water-insoluble cross-linked high-molecular-weight polymers. They are mainly used to make nappies (diapers).

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