BASF will increase the production capacity of 1,6-Hexanediol (HDO) at its Ludwigshafen Verbund site (Germany) by more than 50 percent. After the start-up in 2021, BASF’s global annual nameplate capacity of HDO will be more than 70 000MT per year at its production facilities in Ludwigshafen and Freeport in the US.
‘By increasing our HDO production capacity, we will continue to support the fast growing customer demand for high quality formulations globally. The expansion is in line with the general trend for high performance and environmentally friendly technologies in a number of industries, which includes packaging,’ says Dr Andrea Frenzel, president at BASF’s intermediates division.
Michael Britt, senior VP at BASF Intermediates in Europe, adds: ‘With the investment, we will provide our customers more flexibility and reliability of supply than we did before. The volumes from the additional capacity in Ludwigshafen will mainly serve the strong European customer base as well as the fast growing Asian market.’
HDO adds value in many applications by giving hydrolysis resistance, flexibility, adhesion and weatherability to the end-products. Due to its superior performance compared to other materials, BASF’s customers use the intermediate to formulate high quality industrial, automotive, wood or leather coatings, polyurethane plastics, adhesives and cosmetics.