Germany's BASF to increase VFA capacity at Ludwigshafen site

05 July 2012 11:14  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BASF is increasing vinylformamide (VFA) production capacity at its plant in Ludwigshafen, the German chemical major said on Thursday.

The company said it will not disclose capacity details, but added that it will be doubling VFA capacity at the plant. VFA is an important feedstock for water soluble cationic polymers. These materials are used in the paper industry to increase the efficiency of the production process.

In addition, BASF said it intends to increase polymerisation capacity at Ludwigshafen and build a new polymerisation line for VFA in China.

It added that the polymerisation line in China will be for further processing of the feedstock from Ludwigshafen, and will be built at the company’s Zhenjiang site in Jiangsu province.

Total investment is in the three-digit million euro range and will create about 40 new jobs worldwide, BASF said.
The company added that production at both Ludwigshafen and China is scheduled to be underway by the end of 2014.

“The expansion in Ludwigshafen will allow us to keep up with the growing demand for polyvinylamine,” said Uwe Liebelt, president of BASF’s paper chemicals division.  

“Growth is expected in Europe and the Americas, where paper makers are under an enormous pressure to reduce their cost of operations, as well as in Asia, which we consider the growth engine of paper production and demand,” he added.

By: Leigh Stringer
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