BASF to build specialty zeolites manufacturing plant in Germany
BASF is planning to construct a new specialty zeolites production plant at its Ludwigshafen site, Germany.
The new specialty zeolite plant is expected to support applications in the chemical, petrochemical and refining sectors.
The specialty zeolites generated by BASF's Chemical Catalysts business are used as raw materials in the diesel automotive emissions catalysts, produced by the company's Mobile Emissions Catalysts business.
Dr. Hans-Peter Neumann, BASF Process Catalysts and Technologies senior vice president, said the investment allows the company to backward integrate production processes for exhaust-gas treatment systems, helping operations efficiency and creating solutions for cleaner air.
"At the same time, we expect strong market demand for specialty zeolites in the years ahead," Neumann added.
"This new plant and increased production capacity will allow us to address both areas of growth and opportunity, while creating 19 jobs at the Ludwigshafen site."
The plant is expected to start up operations in the first quarter of 2014, increasing BASF's production capacity for specialty zeolites.
Strict automotive emissions regulations, such as the US 2010 standard and the upcoming EURO 6 standard, are going to increase the demand for advanced exhaust-gas treatment catalysts, according to BASF.
Dr. Michael Baier, BASF Process Catalysts and Technologies vice president, said: "BASF will be working with leading technology companies in these sectors to provide the products and production expertise that will enable them to improve their existing technologies and to develop advanced new solutions."
BASF currently produces specialty zeolites at its operating site in South Carolina, US. Specialty zeolites are crystallised under elevated pressure with the help of organic auxiliary agents.