BASF plans German research lab for FCC catalysts, cites challenge of tight oil
The new BASF laboratory will begin operating in the first half of 2014, and will be used for hydrocarbon and FCC equilibrium catalysts standard analysis and characterization, FCC catalysts process methodology testing and related research activities, providing data to BASF and its regional customers.
BASF will start up a new fluid catalytic cracking (FCC)
catalysts testing and research laboratory at the hte
Aktiengesellschaft facility in Heidelberg, Germany, the company
announced on Wednesday.
BASF described investment in the lab at "multi-million
hte is a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF and a top
provider of high-throughput technology and services for
enhancing research and development productivity.
The new BASF laboratory will begin operating in the first half
of 2014, and will be used for hydrocarbon and FCC equilibrium
catalysts standard analysis and characterization, FCC catalysts
process methodology testing and related research activities,
providing quality data to BASF and its customers in Europe, the
Middle East and Africa, according to the company.
With the development of tight oil in the North American
market, new opportunities and challenges are being faced by the
industry which will require increased capabilities and service
delivery from catalysts suppliers, said Herbert Exner,
BASF vice president for refinery catalysts and
Through this investment, BASF is addressing this need,
and taking an active role to fortify its position as the
premier service provider to the refining market.
The opening of the Heidelberg laboratory will also increase the
service capabilities offered by BASFs existing FCC
catalysts laboratory in Iselin, New Jersey, and will enable the
company to better serve customers across all regions of the
We are proud that BASFs catalysts team has decided
to install this new laboratory at our Heidelberg site,
said Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte. We look forward to
adding value to this operation by leveraging our extensive
know-how in refinery catalysts testing and
BASF is currently one of the top three producers of FCC
catalysts worldwide. The company says it leads the market in
Our investment at hte goes beyond adding laboratory
capacity and focuses on the development of world-class testing
methodologies," said Vas Vergopoulos, BASFs director
of refining catalysts sales and
technical services in Europe.
"This is another example of BASF's commitment to delivering
cutting-edge technology and services to help
drive our customers profitability and success.