Nanjing, China – July 29, 2019 – BASF plans to invest in a second production plant for tert-Butylamine (tBA) at BASF Specialty Chemicals Co. Ltd (BSNJ) in Nanjing, China. With this expansion, BASF’s global annual production capacity of tBA will increase by more than 30%. The plant is planned to start up in 2022 and will adopt advanced BASF technology which generates a minimal amount of by-products in an advanced production process. BASF also operates tBA production plants in Antwerp, Belgium, and Geismar, Louisiana, USA.
“China is the largest chemical market and the growth driver for global chemical production. It is also the global hub of the tire manufacturing industry. We are excited to be part of this dynamic market and fulfill our customers’ needs through the investment in a new tBA plant in Nanjing, China,” said Dr. Stephan Kothrade, President Functions Asia Pacific, President and Chairman, Greater China, BASF.
“As Asia remains the key growth region for tBA, the new plant underlines our strong commitment supporting the growth of our customers in the rubber and tire industry as well as the agricultural and pharmaceutical markets,” said Vasilios Galanos, Senior Vice President, Intermediates Asia Pacific, BASF. “We further strengthen our production capabilities in delivering consistent and reliable supply to our customers in this fast-growing region, solidifying our position as a leading supplier to the global rubber and tire industry.”
tBA is a primary aliphatic amine that is used as an intermediate to produce vulcanization accelerators for the rubber and tire industry. It is also applied as a building block in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries.
About BASF Intermediates
The BASF Group’s Intermediates division develops, produces and markets a comprehensive portfolio of about 700 intermediates around the world. Its most important product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Intermediates are for example used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve both the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001 certified Intermediates division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia and North America. Around the globe the division generated sales to third parties of about €3.1 billion in 2018. For more information, go to www.intermediates.basf.com.
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