BASF to build speciality amines plant in China


BASF is set to build a new speciality amines plant at its existing wholly owned site located in China’s Nanjing Chemical Industry Park.

With a capacity to manufacture 21,000t per year, the new multi-product plant will further extend the company’s amines portfolio at the complex and is scheduled to become operational in 2019.

The plant will primarily produce 1,2-propylenediamine (1,2-PDA), n-octylamine (n-OA), and polyetheramine (PEA).

1,2-PDA is an essential ingredient to produce elastic fibres and is also used as a building block in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, crop protection agents, colourants, textile auxiliaries, pigments, and optical brighteners.

n-OA is used as a chemical intermediate for the synthesis of antimicrobial and biocidal agents, while chemical intermediates polyetheramines are used to produce polyurea coatings, adhesives and plastics.

"With a capacity to manufacture 21,000t per year, the new multi-product plant will further extend the company’s amines portfolio at the complex and is scheduled to become operational in 2019."

BASF Intermediates division president Stefan Blank said: “BASF offers a wide range of amines globally, and this investment reflects our continued commitment to meeting the growing market demand in Asia Pacific.

“Building on decades of experience in developing and manufacturing amines, this new plant will further strengthen our global leadership in these versatile intermediate products.”

The company also has manufacturing capacities for both 1,2-PDA and n-OA at its Ludwigshafen Verbund site in Germany.

PEA manufacturing plants are located at BASF sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Geismar, US, and Nanjing, China.


Image: The new multi-product plant will further extend BASF’s amines portfolio at the complex. Photo: courtesy of BASF.