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New BASF Specialty Amines Plant in Operation

Published on 2002-11-18. Author : SpecialChem


In October, BASF successfully commissioned a new plant to manufacture specialty amines at its Ludwigshafen site in Germany.

The new plant has a capacity of 6,000 tons per year. It is designed to produce specialty amines for the foundry industry, polyurethane catalysts and intermediates for crop protection agents. So-called foundry amines are used to cure sand cores for cast metal. Polyurethane catalysts accelerate the reaction between the two polyurethane components isocyanate and polyol in the manufacture of all kinds of PUR-foams. The chemical processes for the specialty amines produced were revised by BASF researchers during the last years. The new plant excellently blends in BASF's integrated production ("Verbund") philosophy.

BASF is the leading supplier of specialty amines worldwide. The capacity expansion enables BASF to further extend this position and to meet future market needs in a sustained growth sector.

Apart from Ludwigshafen, BASF operates specialty amines plants also in Schwarzheide (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium) and Geismar, Louisiana (USA). BASF's product range comprises of about 150 different standard and specialty amines.

Source: BASF Group

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