09 July 2013 14:59 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BASF plans to invest further at its sites in Geismar, Louisiana, and Caojing in China to produce additional volumes of, respectively, 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF), or polytetramethylene ether glycol, PTMEG, the company said on Tuesday.
The Germany-headquartered producer did not give volume increases for the fibre and plastics intermediates at the two sites but said its new investment would be in the double-digit million Euros range.
Alongside previously announced capacity increases for BDO and PolyTHF in Korla, northwest China, through a joint venture with Xinjiang Markor Chemical Industry Co Ltd, the investment will help raise BASF’s annual BDO capacity to 650,000 tonnes/year from 535,000 tonnes/year within the next two years, it said. BASF’s annual PolyTHF capacity will rise to 350,000 tonnes from 250,000 tonnes.
In August last year, BASF said it would increase its global PolyTHF capacity to 250,000 tonnes/year from 185,000 tonnes/year.
“The demand for BDO and PolyTHF has increased notably in the Americas. Our measures will enable us to continue meeting this demand reliably out of our local assets in Geismar,” Sanjeev Gandhi, president of BASF’s Intermediates division, said.
“In the Asia Pacific region, the markets for PolyTHF continue to grow,” he added.
PolyTHF is used to make spandex, or elastane (elastic fibre).
BDO and its derivatives are used also to make plastics, including polyurethanes, solvents and electronic chemicals.
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