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BASF - More medium molecular weight polyisobutene from Ludwigshafen

Published on 2007-05-07. Author : SpecialChem

BASF has started its expanded plant for medium molecular weight polyisobutene (MM PIB) in Ludwigshafen ahead of schedule. The result is an increase in capacity of 6,000 metric tons of MM PIB per year, which is marketed by BASF worldwide under the Oppanol® trademark. The company now has a total MM PIB capacity of 18,000 metric tons.

"By investing in this additional capacity, we can respond to the increasing worldwide demand for Oppanol® and support the dynamic development of the market for MM PIB," said Dr. Hartmann Leube, head of strategic marketing and product development in BASF's Performance Chemicals for Automotive and Refinery Industry unit.

"We can also promote innovation in the MM-PIB sector with this additional tonnage. We intend to develop new applications for Oppanol together with our partners in various industries," said Leube.

BASF reported that there were no technical issues during the plant start-up process. "All of the tests were successful, and we knew from the first minute onward that we would be able to continue to produce Oppanol to specification just as before," said Dr. Werner Bochnitschek, head of production in BASF's Performance Chemicals for Automotive and Refinery Industry unit. "At the same time, the technical facilities are now available to extend capacity even further with relatively little investment if this is justified by increased demand from the market."

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 in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Antwerp, Belgium. BASF produces both low molecular weight PIB (Glissopal®) as well as medium and high molecular weight PIB (Oppanol®). Both sets of products play an important role in a wide variety of applications, which range from fuel additives, lubricant additives, industrial lubricants and oil for two-stroke engines through to adhesives, sealants and chewing gum base.

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The product range of the BASF Business Unit Performance Chemicals for the Automotive and Refinery 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.

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. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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