BASF to build acrylic acid production facility in Brazil

Germany's BASF is set to invest in an acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers manufacturing complex in Bahia, Brazil.

The €500m investment is the largest investment in BASF's century-long history in South America.

BASF has selected the site based on the availability of raw materials and utilities. The latter are provided by Braskem, the Brazilian chemical and the strategic supplier for BASF in this project.

In addition, the company will start to produce 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, a raw material for the adhesives and special coatings industries, in its existing chemical complex in Guaratinguetá, São Paulo.

With the new acrylic acid complex, BASF aims to ensure the supply for products such as superabsorbents for diapers, acrylic resins for coatings, textiles and adhesives and products for civil construction.

Construction of the new acrylic acid complex will start in 2011 and production is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The production for 2-ethyl-hexyl acrylate in Guaratinguetá is expected to start in 2015 on the basis of acrylic acid produced in Bahia.