BASF Invests In Modernization Of Infrastructure At Ludwigshafen

Feb. 1, 2022
BASF modernizes facilities for production of chloroformates and acid chlorides.

BASF says it is fundamentally modernizing the entire infrastructure, including the facilities for the production of chloroformates and acid chlorides at its Ludwigshafen Verbund site. The company reportedly is investing a low three-digit million euro amount for the work. The measures, which are slated for completion in 2025, will increase the company's capacity at the site by around 30%. BASF manufactures chloroformates, acid chlorides and alkyl chlorides, with a current annual capacity of 60,000 metric tons, as well as production facilities at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Yeosu, Korea.

"With our investment project we prove our long-term commitment to these high-value specialty products," says Frank Stein, head of the regional business unit Europe in BASF's intermediates division.

BASF says it sells around 30 individual products from the group of chloroformates, acid chlorides and alkyl chlorides. Customers use the chemicals for further processing in a wide range of applications, ranging from synthesis building blocks for pharmaceuticals and crop protection products to the production of organic peroxides. Peroxides prove their worth in the production of coating materials used, for example, to coat solar panels. They are also used in the production of a wide range of plastics for everyday use.

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