BASF to construct Chinese ultramid polymerisation facility
German chemical company BASF is building a new ultramid polymerisation facility in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing, China, as part of its long-term strategy to better support its growth in the Asia Pacific region.
Scheduled to start up in 2015, the new plant will have a capacity of 100,000 metric tonnes per year.
Greater China and Functions Asia Pacific president and chairman Dr. Albert Heuser said: "BASF intends to grow two percentage points above the market in Asia Pacific and maintain our commitment to environmental protection, as well as ensuring a positive contribution to society for a sustainable future."
BASF currently operates ultramid polymerisation plants in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Freeport, Texas, US and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Global Polyamide and Intermediates Business Unit senior vice president Hermann Althoff said the polyamide products demand will grow strongly in the engineering plastics, fibre and film industries, particularly in China.
"The investment enables us to participate in this growth and supply our Asian customers with locally manufactured high performance products," Althoff added.
The company provides ultramid B (polyamide 6), ultramid C (polyamide 6/6.6 copolymer) and ultramid A (polyamide 6.6) products for the engineering plastics, film, fibre and monofilament industry.
Image: BASF is building an ultramid polymerisation plant in Shanghai, China. Photo courtesy of BASF.