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BASF, Sinopec open new acrylic acid, SAP plants

04.09.2014  | 

New superabsorbent polymers, acrylic acid and butyl acrylate plants will serve growing demand in China market. The integrated production enables resource efficiency and energy conservation.


BASF and Sinopec (BASF-YPC) inaugurated two new plants for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers (SAP) at their Verbund site in Nanjing, China. 

Additionally, a new butyl acrylate plant will begin production later this year.

The new plants will further strengthen the C3 (propylene) value chain and serve growing downstream demand. With a capacity of 60,000 tpy, the new SAP plant will serve growing demand in China for baby diapers, adult incontinence products and feminine care products.

“BASF is investing in Asia Pacific to produce 75% of our Asia Pacific sales locally, in order to ensure faster, more energy efficient, more reliable supply," said Albert Heuser, president of greater China for BASF. "With the start-up of these projects, we continue to build on the success of our strong partnership with Sinopec, and reinforce our commitment to serving the hygiene industry in China and Asia as well as around the world,” 

BASF’s “Verbund” system creates efficient value chains that extend from basic chemicals right through to high-value-added products.In addition, the by-products of one plant can be used as the starting materials of another.

At the BASF-YPC Verbund site in Nanjing, SAP, butyl acrylate and acrylic acid production will be backward integrated into the manufacturing of C3. This ensures greater supply reliability, energy efficiency, and cost effectiveness, while minimizing energy use and environmental impact.

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