2006-09-17 News Release
Chemicals intermediate amine manufacturing expansion
Special amine manufacturing expansion for this chemicals intermediate meets the demands of the gas purification and electronics industries.
BASF is going to expand its annual capacity for manufacturing the special
amines aminodiglycol (ADG) and morpholine, from the current 20,000 metric
tons to 30,000 metric tons, at its German Verbund site in Ludwigshafen.
The expansion of an existing production facility is scheduled to come
on stream in the first quarter of 2007. By enhancing its special amines
capacity, BASF is responding to the increase in demand by the gas purification
and electronics industries. The company makes these products at its Ludwigshafen
Gas purification and the electronics industry are providing a major growth
impetus for the chemical intermediate ADG. ADG removes mainly carbon dioxide,
which is a known greenhouse gas, as well as other contaminants from natural
gas and refinery gases. Inter alia, ADG thus contributes significantly
to making the gas liquefaction process easier. In the electronics industry,
ADG is used to formulate so-called photoresist strippers; these are special
solvents that play a major role in the manufacture of computer chips and
LCD screens. ADG is also utilized in the manufacture of cooling lubricants
for metal working and to make crop protectants.
Major morpholine applications include, for example, the production of vulcanization accelerators in the rubber industry, corrosion inhibitors for use in water treatment, optical brighteners for detergents and paper, as well as pharmaceuticals and crop protecting agents.
With about 140 different amines, BASF has the world’s most diverse portfolio of this type of chemical intermediate. In addition to alkyl-, alkanol-, alkoxyalkylamines, the company also produces heterocyclic and aromatic as well as special amines. In addition the company is marketing a constantly expanding portfolio of chiral amines of high optical and chemical purity. These chemical intermediates are produced in Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Geismar (United States), Camaçari (Brazil) and, since 2005, also in Nanjing, the Verbund site in China.
Apart from the applications mentioned, this diverse line of products is being utilized with great success in manufacturing cosmetics as well as cleaning agents. Its applications also include the production of coatings, special plastics, compound materials and fibers.
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