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BASF’s Catalysts division strengthens its capabilities

By Gerald Ondrey |

BASF SE’s (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) Catalysts division has completed a number of capital investment projects to strengthen the company’s manufacturing and testing capabilities at its operating facilities in Nienburg and Hannover, Germany. The company today started up a third belt dryer at its Nienburg production site, enhancing capacity at one of the world’s most sophisticated production facilities for adsorbents and desiccants. BASF invested several million euros on the new 40-meter, gas-powered belt dryer, which is made from high-alloy stainless steel and used to produce alumino-silica beads known by the trade names Sorbead and KC-Trockenperlen. Less than 12 months elapsed from contract award to plant commissioning, including the construction of a50-m production building to house the new dryer.   “By supplementing our existing steam-powered dryers with a new gas-powered solution, we increase plant availability while also reducing our relative energy costs,” says Peter Engelmann, site manager at the Nienburg adsorbents and desiccants facility. “We are very well equipped in terms of capacity and production technology and look forward to meeting our customers’ needs for many…
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