BASF significantly strengthens polyurethanes business in North America
* Expansion of polyol production at Geismar site in United States
* Acquisition of DNT plant from Air Products completed
BASF plans to increase the existing production capacities for polyols at its Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana. Polyols are propylene oxide-based materials used to manufacture polyurethane products. BASF will construct two new reactors and revamp two existing reactors used to manufacture polyols. A new logistics center will also be built for polyurethane basic products and other chemicals. The total investment for these measures is about $125 million.
In addition, BASF plans to transfer a major part of the polyol production from its site in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Geismar. These measures will lead to an increase in the annual capacity of polyols in the U.S. from currently 250,000 metric tons (including external tolling arrangements and purchases) to 350,000 metric tons in 2008. BASF’s own capacity will better support the existing business and replaces to a large extent external tolling arrangements and purchases.
BASF has also successfully completed its acquisition of a dinitrotoluene (DNT) manufacturing plant in Geismar from Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Pennsylvania, for $155 million. The transaction has already received all necessary regulatory approvals. DNT is an important raw material for the production of toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a polyurethane basic material used in various applications such as seat cushioning foams for furniture and automobiles. The DNT plant will supply BASF’s TDI plant in Geismar, which has an annual capacity of 160,000 metric tons.
“Our investments at the Geismar site underline our commitment to the polyurethane market in North America,” said Bill Bernstein, Group Vice President of BASF’s polyurethanes business in North America. “These measures will improve the effectiveness of our polyol and TDI manufacturing at Geismar, and will secure a reliable supply of high-quality products to our customers in the long run.”
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