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More Glissopal® from Ludwigshafen : BASF is increasing its capacity of low molecular weight, highly reactive polyisobutene

Published on 2008-12-19. Author : SpecialChem

BASF is increasing its production of low molecular weight, highly reactive polyisobutene (HR PIB). Between now and 2010 the company will increase its annual capacity by 25,000 metric tons. The polymer, marketed worldwide under the Glissopal® trademark, is an intermediate product which is used to manufacture additives for fuels and lubricants.

The increase in capacity is taking place within the local integrated system, known as Verbund, at the Ludwigshafen site. "In this way we are improving our efficiency and strengthening our global business in fuel additives and intermediates for lubricant additives. At the same time we are making a positive contribution to the company's carbon footprint by doing away with transports between different sites. Beyond that, we are making significantly higher quantities of HR PIB available to the market," says Hans W. Reiners, head of BASF's Performance Chemicals division. "With this expansion we are building a bridge between economics and ecology." Already in March 2008, BASF increased its Glissopal® capacity at its site in Antwerp, Belgium by 25,000 metric tons per annum.

Regarding the expansion, Rudiger Mackenthun, head of BASF's Automotive and Refinery Chemicals business unit, comments: "As the world's leading company in this field, we are demonstrating with this investment that we will continue to meet our customers' growing demand for Glissopal®."

About polyisobutene

BASF produces polyisobutene in four plants at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany and Antwerp, Belgium and manufactures low- molecular-weight polyisobutene (Glissopal®) as well as medium - and high-molecular-weight polyisobutene (Oppanol®). All three ranges of products play an important role in a wide variety of applications and include intermediates for fuel and lubricant additives, industrial lubricants and oils, adhesives, sealants and chewing gum base materials.

About BASF

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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