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BASF Increases Capacity for Polyisobutene in Ludwigshafen

Published on 2005-10-07. Author : SpecialChem

BASF is to increase its production of medium molecular weight polyisobutene (MM PIB), which is marketed worldwide under the Oppanol® trademark. It will increase capacity for MM Oppanol® at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, site by 6 000 tonnes to a total of 18 000 tonnes per year. Work on extending the plant is expected to be completed by the middle of 2007. “BASF will make this investment in response to an increasing demand for Oppanol world-wide, and this will sustain the continuing growth in the market for MM PIB”, said Dr. Hartmann Leube, Head of Strategic Marketing and Product Development at Performance Chemicals for Automotive and Oil Industry at BASF.

This increase in production capacity will enhance the position of BASF’s comprehensive range of low, medium and high molecular weight grades of polyisobutene. BASF produces PIB in four plants located in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Antwerp, Belgium, including low molecular weight PIB (Glissopal®) and medium and high molecular weight PIB (Oppanol®). Both product lines play an important role in a wide variety of applications. These applications range from fuel additives, lubricant additives, industrial lubricants and oil for two-stroke engines through to adhesives, sealants, plastics and chewing gum base.

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The product range of the BASF Business Unit Performance Chemicals for Automotive and Oil Industry includes engine coolants, brake fluids and other specialized fluids, mineral oil dyes and markers, refinery chemicals, diesel and gasoline additives, low molecular weight polyisobutene (Glissopal®) and medium and high molecular weight polyisobutene (Oppanol ®). Our products are marketed worldwide. We are one of the leading suppliers in these fields.

Source: BASF

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