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BASF increases PIB capacity

By Gerald Ondrey |

BASF S.E. (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) has started up a new plant for the production of low-molecular-weight, highly reactive polyisobutene (HR PIB) at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, thus increasing its capacity by 25,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year to 40,000 m.t./yr. The polymer, marketed worldwide under the Glissopal trademark, is an important intermediate product for the manufacture of additives for fuels and lubricants. The present increase in capacity is the second significant one within the last two years. In April 2008 BASF increased its capacity for Glissopal at its site in Antwerp, Belgium by 25,000 m.t./yr to 100,000 m.t./yr. BASF produces polyisobutene in four plants at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany and Antwerp, Belgium and manufactures low-molecular-weight polyisobutene (Glissopal) as well as medium- and high-molecular-weight polyisobutene (Oppanol). All three ranges of products play an important role in a wide variety of applications and include intermediates for fuel and lubricant additives, industrial lubricants and oils, adhesives, sealants and chewing gum.
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