BASF will also examine further measures to strengthen and to expand its BDO value chain at the Geismar site. To increase the capacities of BDO according to the steadily growing customer demand, BASF continuously implements measures to boost efficiency and improve infrastructure at all of its sites.
Besides its Geismar site, BASF is producing BDO at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Kuantan, Malaysia; Caojing, China and Chiba, Japan. In addition, a new BDO site, a joint venture of BASF and the Chinese company Xinjiang Markor, is expected to begin production of 100,000 metric tons BDO per year in 2015.
“Being the leading producer of BDO globally, we continue to expand our production capacity step wise to support the growth of our customers as a reliable partner,” said Stefan Blank, president, BASF Intermediates division.
BDO is used for producing plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibers. Depending on the production technology, the starting materials for the production of conventional BDO are natural gas, coal, butane, butadiene and propylene.