China's BASF-YPC inaugurates new acrylic acid, SAP plants

09 April 2014 06:21  [Source: ICIS news]

SAP goes into making of baby diapersSINGAPORE (ICIS)--BASF-YPC on Wednesday inaugurated its new 160,000 tonnes/year acrylic acid and 60,000 tonnes/year superabsorbent polymers (SAP) plants in Nanjing, China.

“The new plants will further strengthen the C3 (propylene) value chain and serve the growing downstream demand,” it said in a statement.

The company is also planning to begin production at its new butyl acrylate plant at the same site in Nanjing later this year.

At the BASF-YPC Verbund site in Nanjing, SAP, butyl acrylate and acrylic acid production will be backward integrated into the production of C3 the company said.

The SAP plant, which was put on stream in December last year, will serve growing demand in China for baby diapers, adult incontinence products and feminine care products, it said.

“BASF is investing in Asia Pacific to produce 75% of our Asia Pacific sales locally, in order to ensure faster, more energy-efficient, more reliable supply,” added Albert Heuser, president, greater China and functions Asia Pacific, BASF.

BASF-YPC is a 50-50 joint venture between German chemicals major BASF and China’s state-controlled Sinopec.

Read John Richardson and Malini Hariharan’s blog – Asian Chemical Connections

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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