BASF increases capacity for higher carboxylic acids

Supporting customer growth with components for synthetic lubricants

Dr Andrea Frenzel, president, BASF Intermediates Division.
Dr Andrea Frenzel, president, BASF Intermediates Division.

BASF has increased its global production capacity for the higher carboxylic acids (HCA) isononanoic Acid (INA) and 2-ethylhexanoic acid (2-EHA) from 55,000 metric tonnes to 68,000 metric tonnes per year. With world-scale and highly flexible production facilities at its Verbund sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Kuantan, Malaysia, BASF is among the leading producers of HCA worldwide.

“We continue supporting our customers’ growing global demand for the high-quality chemical intermediates HCA. Our products are adding value in high-performance formulations for synthetic lubricants, for example in the refrigeration industry,” said Dr Andrea Frenzel, president, BASF Intermediates Division.

This expansion is the consequent next step to increase the availability of HCA at our regional Verbund sites. With this, we are following our investment in 2-EHA in Kuantan from 2016, particularly for INA to complement our European production. With our flexible and reliable production and supply network for HCA, we can respond quickly to the demand from the market.”

INA is used as a building block in several high-performance formulations. Examples for such formulations are synthetic refrigeration lubricants for air conditioners using more environmentally friendly refrigerant technologies to address sustainability needs.

Another example for the usage of INA are synthetic lubricants for the aviation industry. Furthermore, INA is used in many other applications such as pharma, cosmetics, agrochemicals and coatings.

2-EHA is also used as a building block in certain formulations in the production of plasticisers, PVC stabilisers, lubricants, cosmetics and drying additives for coatings.

For the latest refining and petrochemical industry related videos, subscribe to our YouTube page.

For all the latest refining and petrochemical news from the Middle East countries, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook.

You may also like

Building strong teams: Interview with Tareq Kawash, SVP for EMEA, McDermott
“If you look at a career of 30 years, it is a pretty long time, but what I have done throughout my career is build strong teams. I am proud to say that I have a formidable leadership team in the EMEA region, many of whom I have worked with for years,” says Tareq Kawash, senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, McDermott
Emerson unveils workplace dstancing, contact tracing technology to help manufacturers protect workers
Location Awareness technology helps manage workplace density, improve worker safety and ensure business continuity during global pandemic
AVEVA prioritises cloud strategy in order to respond to the demands of the new normal
Company expands core capabilities with new cloud-based solutions designed to enable increased collaboration in a transforming world
Will hydrogen be the next ‘oil’, fuelling the global economy?
The transition to a cleaner energy system, diversifying the fuel mix, and improving energy security are all energy policy goals that can be addressed by hydrogen. The cleanest one of all is ‘green’ hydrogen, which is generated by using renewable energy sources without producing carbon emissions in the first place, comment Ekaterina Kalinenko and Sonia Sanchez

MOST POPULAR