06 September 2012 13:56 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BASF is to construct a new plant for the production of specialty zeolites at its headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the chemical company said on Thursday.
Due to start operations in the first quarter of 2014, the plant is expected to “significantly” increase BASF’s production capacity of the material, which is used as a key part of diesel emission control catalysts.
Emission control catalysts treat automotive exhaust, and a variety of clean emissions bills either in place or in the pipeline across the world such as the Euro 6 standard are likely to increase demand for the material, according to BASF.
Hans Neumann, senior vice president for process catalysts and technologies at BASF, said: “This investment allows us to backward integrate our production processes for leading-edge exhaust-gas treatment systems, helping increase our operating efficiency while creating sustainable solutions for cleaner air.”
Zeolites also have application in the chemical, petrochemical and refining sectors.
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