LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany -- BASF is building a new world-scale
plant for the production of specialty amines in Ludwigshafen,
the company announced on Wednesday.
Start-up of the facility with a total capacity of about
12,000 tpy is scheduled for 2015. The product range of this
flexible multi-product plant comprises 15 amines for
different applications. The major applications are in the construction
, automotive, crop
protection and pharmaceutical industries.
With this new facility, BASF is expanding its global
production network of amines with plants in Ludwigshafen and
Schwarzheide in Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Geismar,
Louisiana; and Nanjing, China.
With the new plant we are responding to our
customers demand for specialty amine
particularly in Europe
, said Sanjeev Gandhi,
president of BASF's intermediates division.We have
decades of experience in developing and manufacturing amine
s, and with
the new plant we are reinforcing our global leadership
position in these versatile intermediates.
BASF had stated in March that it is building another new
multi-product plant for the production of specialty amines at
the BASF Verbund site in Nanjing, China. The main products of
this plant, which is due to start-up operations in 2015, will
be dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) and polyetheramine (PEA).
This facility enables us to react flexibly to changes
in the demand of individual products.We will also use it to
produce commercial quantities of new products from our
innovation pipeline, said Dr. Christoph Wegner, head of
an amines business unit
within BASFs 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
for our customers.
With about 200 different amines, BASF has the worlds
most diverse portfolio of this type of chemical
intermediates.Along with alkyl-, alkanol-, alkoxyalkylamines,
the company offers heterocyclic and aromatic as well as
specialty amines. The range is completed by an expanding
portfolio of chiral amine
s of high
optical and chemical purity.