The new plant fits perfectly into the integrated supply network for raw materials and energy at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site. The low-density polyethylene wax that forms the basis of the oxidized waxes comes directly from the site’s own polymerization plants.
“As well as extending the capacity, we have also invested in modernizing the existing plant for polyethylene waxes,” said Dr. Stefan Beckmann, senior vice president Home Care & Formulation Technologies Europe. “Demand for high-quality waxes and oxidized waxes is growing world-wide due to the increased production and processing of plastics. We will be able to satisfy this increasing demand when the new oxidation plant for waxes in Ludwigshafen goes into operation.”
BASF supplies its waxes worldwide to markets with specialized demands. Waxes in the form of powder, fine powder, granules and pastilles are marketed under the Luwax brand, and liquid emulsions are available under the Poligen trademark.