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BASF’s first nylon polymerization plant in China comes onstream


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May 9, 2015 by Canadian Plastics

Chemical maker BASF SE has opened its first nylon polymerization plant in China, in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park near Shanghai.

With annual capacity to produce 100,000 metric tons per year, the new plant is designed to bolster the company’s production and supply network locally and enable it to better serve the growing Asia Pacific market

BASF chairman of the board of executive directors Dr Kurt Bock said: “This is the first investment in polyamide polymerisation for BASF in Asia Pacific and shows our strong commitment to this market.

“The demand for polyamide products in the engineering plastics, fibre and film industries will continue to grow strongly, particularly in China,” BASF Greater China president and chairman Dr Albert Heuser said in a statement. “The innovative production set-up enables us to respond to our customers’ needs even quicker with more flexibility.”

BASF already operates a facility for integrated isocyanates at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, where it also has production plants for polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF) and polyisocyanate (Basonat).

Other ultramid polymerisation plants operated by BASF are located in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Freeport, Texas; and São Paulo, Brazil.