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BASF increases capacity for the intermediate 2-Mercaptoethanol

Published on 2006-07-26. Author : SpecialChem

BASF is to increase production capacity for 2-Mercaptoethanol (2-ME) at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen/Germany by more than 40 percent before the end of August 2006, raising the company's annual capacity to more than 10,000 metric tons.

The capacity expansion comes in response to steadily increasing global demand, and significant merchant market shortages in the recent past. "With this expansion, we continue to strive to make our customers more successful, and support them in future application development" says Mark Volmer, head of the Business Unit Acids and Specialties. 2-ME has applications within PVC, Agro Chemicals, Oil Field Chemicals, Paper Coatings, and Fibres.

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. Innovative BASF intermediates help to improve the properties of the final product and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001:2000-certified operating division Intermediates has access to plants at production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2005, this BASF operating division with 2,665 employees generated world sales of above 2 billion euros.

Source: BASF

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