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BASF raises formic acid production capacity


08/28/06 - BASF is raising its formic acid production capacity at the Ludwigshafen site by 25,000 metric tons annually with effect during the course of the year 2007. The de-bottlenecking comes in response to a continually increasing demand for this versatile chemical intermediate. With a current annual capacity of 230,000 metric tons, BASF is the world’s leading manufacturer of formic acid with production plants at its integrated Verbund sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Nanjing, China.

BASF’s customers use formic acid in multiple applications. The acid helps to keep certain feeds fresh and free of salmonellae, removes paints and rust from metallic surfaces and scale from kettles and boilers. In breweries and wineries it disinfects kegs, casks and barrels; applied as an auxiliary in the pharmaceutical and crop protection industry it regulates pH values; in cleaning it acts as dirt remover and disinfectant. Formic acid salts, the so-called formates, serve as high-class de-icing agents and valuable auxiliaries in oil production.


The operating division Intermediates of the BASF Group develops, produces and markets the world’s largest range of intermediates. The most important of the division’s more than 600 products include amines, diols, polyalcohols and acids. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protection agents. Innovative BASF intermediates help to improve the properties of the final product and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001:2000-certified operating division Intermediates has access to plants at production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2005, this BASF operating division with 2,665 employees generated world sales of above 2 billion euros. For more information, go to


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