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BASF increases capacity for epsilon-caprolactone

Published on 2007-11-19. Author : SpecialChem

ASF will begin expanding its production capacity for epsilon-caprolactone (CLO) with a first project to raise its annual capacity by up to 2,000 metric tons in 2008. In line with market growth, further capital has been earmarked for projects to expand CLO and its value chain in subsequent years.

BASF has been producing CLO since 2001 and currently makes it at its Freeport, Texas (U.S.) site. CLO and its polymers are used as intermediates in a variety of applications in many industries including TPU, adhesives and coatings, where it provides a high-quality combination of properties.

The BASF Group's Intermediates Division develops, produces and markets the world's largest range of intermediates containing more than 600 products. The most important of the Division's product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001:2000-certified Intermediates Division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2006, the division generated world sales of about €2.3 billion euros with 2,600 employees.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion in 2006.

Source: BASF

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