BASF to double 'Hexamoll' DINCH plasticiser capacity at Ludwigshafen

26 July 2011 17:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BASF plans to build a second 100,000 tonne/year plant for phthalate-free plasticiser Hexamoll DINCH (di-isononyl-cyclohexane-dicarboxylate) at Ludwigshafen, Germany, to meet growing demand, the German chemicals major said on Tuesday.

The plant, expected to start up in 2013, will raise BASF’s Hexamoll DINCH capacity at Ludwigshafen to 200,000 tonnes/year.

The expansion will be the second capacity increase since BASF launched the product in 2002. In 2007, BASF quadrupled the original plant capacity to 100,000 tonnes/year.

The investment decision is driven by strong increases in demand across all regions, as well as continued growth of demand for alternative plasticisers, said Rainer Diercks, president of BASF’s petrochemicals division.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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