BASF to build new methylamines plant in Geismar, Louisiana
- Secures raw material supply for specialty amines in North America
Ludwigshafen, Germany – May 18, 2009 – BASF is building a new plant for the production of methylamines at its integrated Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana, that is scheduled to start operations in 2011. The methylamines will serve as raw materials for some 20 different specialty amines produced by BASF at existing facilities in Geismar.
The company currently operates three methylamine facilities worldwide with a total annual capacity of 169,000 metric tons. These plants are located at BASF’s Verbund sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Nanjing, China, and at the company’s site in Camaçari, Brazil. The new methylamines plant in Geismar will create 11 new jobs at BASF. In addition, about 250 people will work on the plant in the construction phase.
Dr. Beate Ehle, President of BASF’s Intermediates division: “This plant will strengthen our leading position as a global supplier of standard and specialty amines. With this backward integration, we are reinforcing the integrated Verbund in Geismar and paving the way to continued growth for our business with methylamine derivatives. This is extremely important for us since our customers use these derivatives as key starting materials to manufacture water treatment, gas treatment and cleaning agents, detergents as well as pharmaceuticals and crop protectants – products that provide answers to global needs and future megatrends.”
BASF: An exceptionally multifaceted selection of amines
Around the world, BASF offers an outstanding diverse range of amines. Along with alkyl-, alkanol-, alkoxyalkyl-, di- and polyamines, the company offers aromatic as well as heterocyclic amines and an expanding portfolio of chiral amines of high optical and chemical purity. In addition to being a reliable source of standard amines, BASF has also established itself as a major supplier and development partner of customized specialty amines.
BASF produces amines at its sites in Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Nanjing, China; Geismar, Louisiana; and Camaçari, Brazil.
About BASF’s Intermediates division
The BASF Group’s Intermediates division develops, produces and markets around the world a comprehensive portfolio of more than 600 intermediates. The most important of the division’s product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001:2000-certified Intermediates division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Around the globe, 2,655 employees of the division generated sales of about
€2.5 billion to third parties in 2008. For more information, go to www.basf.de/intermediates.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008 and had approximately 97,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
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