13 December 2012 16:45 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BASF has started up a facility to produce solid AH salt, an intermediate used in the production of nylon (or polyamide) 6,6, the German chemicals giant said on Thursday.
Based at the company’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the new facility has a production capacity of 24,000 tonnes/year, the company said.
Solid AH salt provides an alternative to 62% AH salt solution, allowing BASF to serve long distance markets such as Asia where an aqueous solution may not be suitable, the company added.
“Customers around the world, especially in Asia, have expressed a strong interest in importing crystallised AH salt. The additional offering, with its new logistics options can operate very efficiently and flexibly within the polyamide 6,6 Verbund structure at our site in Ludwigshafen, Germany” said Hermann Althoff, a BASF senior vice president for the company’s global polyamide and intermediates unit.
Nylon 6,6 is used for engineering plastics and fibres.
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