BASF Announces Alkylethanolamines Capacity Increase
LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany — BASF will increase the production capacity of Alkylethanolamines (AEOA) by 20% at the BASF Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. After the start-up in 2020, BASF’s global annual nameplate capacity of AEOA will be more than 110,000 metric tons per year at its production facilities in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Geismar, Louisiana; and Nanjing, China.
“As one of the world’s leading suppliers of amines, we continue to support the fast-growing customer demand for products of our Alkylethanolamine portfolio by increasing our capacity. The demand is particularly high for high-performance products in the water- and gas-treatment industries”, said Dr. Andrea Frenzel, President, BASF Intermediates Division.
“The additional capacity in Ludwigshafen will primarily serve our strong European customer base,” added Dr. Frank Stein, Senior Vice President, BASF Intermediates Amines Europe. “We have highly efficient manufacturing processes, and with this investment, we provide our customers greater flexibility and reliability of supply than before.”
The versatile Alkylethanolamines are mainly used as precursors for flocculants applied in water treatment and in the coatings industry, where they act as binders between pigments and resins. Other applications include gas treatment, fabric softeners, lubricants in metal working fluids and polyurethanes.
With about 300 different amines, BASF has the world’s most diverse portfolio of this type of chemical intermediates.