2006-09-15 News Release
New biodiesel factory
to produce intermediates for polyester resins
Maleic anhydride intermediates for producing polyester resins and water-soluble
polymers and lubricants to be manufacturerd at a new modern biodiesel
plant in Belgium.
Starting in fall 2006, Neochim S.A. will produce biodiesel in a new plant
at BASF’s Feluy site in Belgium, using steam from the waste heat
generated by the production of maleic anhydride (MA), a chemical intermediate.
Neochim will also use other infrastructure facilities of the site and
purchase services from BASF. The companies recently agreed on this in
a memorandum of understanding. Neochim has been making glycerine at Feluy
since 1996, a process for which it also uses BASF’s MA production
waste heat, infrastructure facilities and services.
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This step allows BASF to hold on to 17 employees who would otherwise not
have had any professional future with the company after the site restructuring
decision taken in 2005. Moreover, the use of the waste heat generated
by the MA production and the sale of BASF services will sustainably improve
the cost structure of the Feluy site.
“After several years of production on the Feluy site as BASF’s
partner, Neochim has decided, thanks also to the help and the support
of BASF, to build a biodiesel factory”, said Giorgio Spinelli Responsible
Neochim Site Feluy. He continues: “This is based on an existing
plant modified using the best of modern technologies. The biodiesel production
plant is particularly well situated in Feluy, and takes advantage of the
available synergies with BASF and of the presence on the same site of
our glycerine refining unit.”
Maleic anhydride serves mainly as a building block to produce unsaturated
polyester resins. These resins are widely used in the form of composite
materials, above all in the shipbuilding, construction and automobile
industries. Parts made of these resins stand out for their high strength
and particularly light weight. Maleic anhydride is used for many other
applications, too, and notably for producing water-soluble polymers and
Neochim S.A. is a company founded in 1995 with the specific purpose of
refining crude glycerine from biodiesel production and from other natural
sources to produce the highest quality of Kosher grade natural refined
glycerine, a non-hazardous manufactured chemical which has very important
applications in many fields ranging from pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
to surface coating resins and adhesives. Neochim’s production unit
is located in Belgium at Feluy, about 35 kilometers south of Brussels,
on the site of BASF.
Neochim is supported by SPIGA NORD’s expertise in processing crude
glycerine and also SPIGA’s marketing experience in Europe and in
the rest of the world.
SPIGA NORD S.p.A., the mother company of Neochim, was established in
1957 in Genoa, specializing in the production of natural refined glycerine.
Since then, SPIGA NORD has devoted all its efforts to continual technology
improvements, to develop high precision equipment for laboratory tests
and to study its product in all aspects related to consumers’ requirements.
The success of these efforts encouraged SPIGA to create Neochim in Belgium
and to build one of the most technologically advanced plants for the refining
of natural crude glycerine.
SPIGA and Neochim’s total annual capacity amounts to about 25000
metric tons of refined natural glycerine; SPIGA’s activity extends
also to the manufacture of glycerine derivatives.
The operating division Intermediates of the BASF Group develops, produces
and markets the world's largest range of intermediates. The most important
of the division's more than 600 products include amines, diols, polyalcohols
and acids. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting
materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents
and crop protectants.
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