18 October 2011 08:43 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS)--German major BASF plans to build a 10,000 tonne/year tert-butylamine plant at Nanjing in east China, a company source said on Tuesday.
The plant will be wholly owned by BASF and will benefit from the integrated production system of YPC-BASF (BYC), the company said in a statement, adding that production is scheduled to begin in 2013.
The plant, which will be located at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park, will mainly supply tert-butylamine products to the rubber chemicals and tyre industry in China, the company said.
“The establishment of this plant is a part of our Asia Pacific’s strategy to produce 70% of our Asia-Pacific sales in the region. To this end, we will invest €2.3bn [$3.2bn] in the Asia-Pacific region between 2011 and 2015,” said Albert Heuser, BASF’s president of market and business development in the Asia-Pacific.
“At the same time, we are again investing in a chemical production facility that will adhere to our very high global standards of safety while minimising emissions. This clearly underlines our commitment to sustainable growth in Asia-Pacific,” he added.
Tert-butylamine is a primary aliphatic amine that is used as a building block for the production of accelerators for the rubber and tyre industry. It is also used in the pharmaceutical and agricultural industry. BASF produces tert-butylamine at Geismar in the US and at Antwerp in Belgium.
($1 = €0.73)
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