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BASF to Produce Amino Resins in the United States

Published on 2003-11-13. Author : SpecialChem

BASF will retrofit an existing manufacturing plant at its Wyandotte, Mich., site, to produce high quality, low-formaldehyde, amino resins for the North American coatings markets.

The new plant will increase BASF's North American presence with significant initial capacity, and will be designed for rapid expansion to meet growing demand. It provides BASF with local production, and will enhance the company's distribution to North American customers.

The facility will employ a process that offers a high degree of product design flexibility, allowing BASF to consistently meet the needs of North American coatings producers. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2003, and manufacture of resins will begin in the second quarter 2004.

Sold under the Luwipal trade name, the amino resins from the new Wyandotte facility will complement the current product portfolio offered by BASF's Performance Chemicals Group, which offers a wide variety of colorants, resins and additives to the coatings industry. The Wyandotte resins capacity broadens the choice available to those coatings manufacturers in North America that seek high quality ingredients and excellent technical service support.

"This new, state-of-the-art production facility is part of our growth strategy," said Werner H. Peter, Business Director, BASF Performance Chemicals. "It demonstrates our commitment to the North American market, and it will significantly expand the choice for amino resin customers who formulate coatings in North America."

Luwipal melamine-formaldehyde resins are the preferred choice wherever a paint finish must be hard and lustrous, and resistant to weathering, yellowing or chemicals.

Additional technical information and samples are available by contacting BASF by telephone at (734) 324-6760, or by accessing the BASF web site link at www.luwipal.com.

BASF: Helping Make Products Better(TM) BASF is the world's leading chemical company, offering its customers a range of high-performance products, including chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. Its distinctive approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is its strength. It enables BASF to achieve cost leadership and gives the company a competitive advantage. BASF conducts its business in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. In 2002, BASF had sales of $34 billion and more than 89,000 employees worldwide. BASF Corporation is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. In North America, 2002 sales were approximately $8.2 billion and the company employs approximately 12,000 people. For more information or to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa.

Source BASF Corporation


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