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BASF to increase capacity of Glissopal

By Gerald Ondrey |

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) is increasing its production of low molecular weight, highly reactive polyisobutene (HR PIB). Between now and 2010 the company will increase its annual capacity by 25,000 metric tons (m.t.). The polymer, marketed worldwide under the Glissopal trademark, is an intermediate product that is used to manufacture additives for fuels and lubricants. The increase in capacity is taking place within the local integrated system, known as Verbund, at the Ludwigshafen site. “In this way we are improving our efficiency and strengthening our global business in fuel additives and intermediates for lubricant additives. At the same time we are making a positive contribution to the company’s carbon footprint by doing away with transports between different sites. Beyond that, we are making significantly higher quantities of HR PIB available to the market,” says Hans W. Reiners, head of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division. “With this expansion we are building a bridge between economics and ecology.” Already in March 2008, BASF increased its Glissopal capacity at its site in Antwerp, Belgium by 25,000 m.t./yr. BASF produces polyisobutene in four plants at its sites…
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