BASF begins US DOTP plasticizer production in Texas

18 July 2017 16:04 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BASF started the production of dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) at its plant along the US Gulf, the Germany-headquartered producer announced on Tuesday.

The new DOTP plant at its Pasadena site in Texas has a nameplate capacity of 60,000 tonnes/year.

“The new capacities provide increased potential for BASF in the non-ortho-phthalate plasticizers market,” said Heather Remley, senior vice president, petrochemicals North America. “Production at our Pasadena facility reinforces BASF as a valued supplier and reliable partner for plasticizers in North America.”

BASF also started at an oxo-alcohol unit for 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) at the Pasadena site, with a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year. BASF said this secures consistent raw material integration for its DOTP.

Supply and demand for plasticizers in the US market has been steadier this week due to lessening effects of European force majeure(s).

Plasticizers are additives that increase the plasticity or fluidity of the material to which they are added. Globally, about 96% of plasticizers are consumed in flexible PVC applications, including cables, PVC films, roofing, flooring and wall covering. In the US, 80-90% of plasticizers are used in PVC applications.

Major US plasticizer producers include ExxonMobil, BASF and Eastman Chemical.

By Robbie Wilcox