German BASF enhances PTMEG capacity to 250,000 tonnes/year

27 August 2012 09:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Germany’s BASF has increased its global annual capacity for the production of, polytetra­methylene ether glycol (PTMEG), to 250,000 tonne/year from 185,000 tonnes/year, the chemical major said on Monday.

The company invested more than €60m ($75m) in enhancing the efficiency of its plants and ensuring the supply of raw materials for the manufacture of PTMEG, it said in a statement.

The company has PTMEG production facilities in Germany, the US, China and Korea.

PTMEG, a petrochemical intermediate, is used to make elastic spandex fibers for textiles such as sportswear, outerwear, underwear and swimsuits. It is also an intermediate for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU).  

($1 = €0.80)

By: Joey Lau

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