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
s, 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,
BASFs 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 environment