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BASF doubles production capacity for engineering plastic Ultrason® in Ludwigshafen


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* Expansion to 12,000 metric tons per year
* 23 new jobs created
* Basis for global growth

BASF is to double production capacity for the engineering plastic Ultrason® at its Ludwigshafen site. The expansion to 12,000 metric tons per year is expected to be completed by the end of 2007. In addition, the company will build a new logistics and packaging center for Ultrason®. The two projects will involve a capital expenditure in the mid-double digit million euro ranges. A total of 23 new jobs will be created.

“We are expanding capacity in response to constantly growing global demand from our customers for our Ultrason® engineering plastic,” said Raimar Jahn, head of BASF’s Performance Polymers division. “In recent years, we have successfully developed many new applications for Ultrason® in all regions. We are convinced that we will continue to drive this trend,” he continued.

Plastics marketed under the Ultrason® brand are used, for example, in car headlamp units, engine cooling and lubrication systems, in a wide range of electrical applications as well as in aerospace components. The plastics are particularly suitable for use at temperatures of up to 220 degrees Celsius (428 degrees Fahrenheit).

Ultrason® is produced exclusively in Ludwigshafen. Global marketing and application development are also managed from Ludwigshafen.

Note to editors
Press photos showing Ultrason® product applications can be downloaded at www.basf.de/photos, search term Ultrason.



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