Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF SE is to double its capacity for certain alkylethonalamines (AEOA) by mid-2009, in response to increasing demand from customers for these products.
"We are pleased to see that this increase in demand is driven mainly by innovations that we have developed in cooperation with our customers," said Dr Stefan Blank, head of the regional amines business unit in BASF's Intermediates division, in BASF's 14 May announcement on the expansion. BASF, which sees itself as a leading amine manufacturer, is adding capacity "in response to our customers' growing demand for specific AEOAs," said Blank.
BASF manufactures its range of AEOA specialities at its integrated site in Ludwigshafen, in "a flexible, fully backward-integrated multi-product facility," the company said.
Typical AEOAs such as ethylethanolamines, propylethanolamines and butylethanolamines are used in outlets such as coatings and lubricants, as well as in pharmaceutical and agrochemical products. The materials are part of the alkylalkanolamine family that BASF now makes at Ludwigshafen, and in Geismar, Louisiana, with a total annual capacity of 70 kilotonnes.
Examples of products in high demand are a new AEOA developed by BASF for high-grade emulsion paints, but products from the existing AEOA portfolio are also finding novel uses, for example in certain industrial applications.
BASF claims to have the world's most diverse portfolio of amines: as well as alkyl-, alkanol-, alkoxyalkyl-, di- and polyamines, it makes aromatic and heterocyclic amines. It is also marketing a constantly expanding portfolio of chiral amines of high optical and chemical purity.
In addition to the AEOA plants at Ludwigshafen and Geismar, BASF makes amines at Schwarzheide (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), in Camaçari (Brazil), and in Nanjing (China).