BASF to build new amine plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany

The facility will have a total annual capacity of 12,000 metric tons

BASF is building a new plant for the production of speciality amines in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

The facility will have a total annual capacity of 12,000 metric tons and produce 15 amines for applications in the pharmaceutical, automotive, crop protection and construction industries.

The plant is scheduled to start operation in 2015.

'This facility enables us to react flexibly to changes in the demand of individual products,' said Sanjeev Gandhi, President, BASF Intermediates division.

'We will also use it to produce commercial quantities of new products from our innovation pipeline,' added Christoph Wegner, head of the Amines Europe regional business unit within BASF’s Intermediates division. 'Being integrated into the BASF Verbund at the Ludwigshafen site allows us to scale up products from R&D to pilot scale and to commercial production in this new multi-product plant.'

BASF announced last month that it was building another new multi-product plant for the production of speciality amines at its Verbund site in Nanjing, China. The main products of this plant, which is also due to start-up operation in 2015, will be dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) and polyetheramine (PEA).

BASF has a global production network of amines with plants in Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide in Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Geismar, Louisiana; and Nanjing, China.

With about 200 different amines, BASF has a diverse portfolio of chemical intermediates. Along with alkyl-, alkanol-, alkoxyalkylamines, the company also offers heterocyclic, aromatic and speciality amines. The range is completed by an expanding portfolio of chiral amines of high optical and chemical purity. These products are used mainly to manufacture process chemicals, pharmaceuticals and crop protection products, as well as cosmetic products and detergents. They also serve to produce coatings, special plastics, composites and special fibres.

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