Geismar, Louisiana – BASF is to increase in its production capacity for key specialty amines at its Louisiana site. Construction has begun on the new facility, which is expected to go online by mid-2023
It will increase the company’s capacity for polyetheramines and tertiary amines, marketed under the Baxxodur and Lupragen brands. The company says the expansion at Geismar complements its global network of specialty amines plants, which also includes Ludwigshafen, Germany and Nanjing, China.
‘This investment underlines our commitment to continuously support the growth of our customers with high-quality specialty amines,’ said Kevin Anderson, BASF’s VP for these products in North America. ‘The additional capacity in Geismar will allow us to respond quickly and reliably to increasing market demand.’
Baxxodur products are used as curing agents and chain extenders in epoxy and polyurea applications for the wind, electrical, composites, adhesives and flooring industries.
The Lupragen products are amines, typically tertiary amines, and are used as catalysts for PU production.
BASF claims to have one of the world’s most diverse portfolios of chemical intermediates, with about 300 different amines.