At the BASF site in Nanjing, China, the company has increased its production capacity for high-performance diketopyrrolopyrrole pigments (DPP). In Ludwigshafen, Germany BASF intends to expand its capacity for the production of versatile alpha blue pigments, which are particularly characterised by their excellent fastness properties in the second half of 2016.
The colour-intensive and extremely lightfast and weatherproof DPP pigments, which are marketed by BASF under the product name Irgazin®, are used for automotive, industrial and powder coatings, paints and inks as well as for plastic applications. By expanding capacity in Nanjing, BASF has responded to the ever-increasing demand for high-performance pigments, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
BASF helping customers to offer more sustainable solutions
“DPP pigments are a high-quality alternative to lead-chromate-based pigments that are increasingly being regulated all over the world. With these innovative products, we help our customers develop more sustainable solutions’’ explains Jeff Knight, Senior Vice President of the business unit Dispersions & Pigments Asia-Pacific.
In its plant in Nanjing, which commenced operation in 2013, BASF has started producing various DPP pigments for the Asian market. With its comprehensive production network for DPP pigments, which includes sites in all regions, the company is in a position to rapidly and reliably supply high-quality pigments all over the world that comply with standardised specifications.
Increased capacities for alpha blue pigments in Ludwigshafen
On its Ludwigshafen site, BASF is going to expand the capacities for the production of alpha blue pigments, which will be available from autumn 2016. The reddish copper phthalocyanine pigments which, in addition to other blue and green pigments that are based on the same chemistry, are sold by BASF under the Heliogen® brand. They are characterised by their excellent fastness properties. In addition, alpha blue pigments stand out due to their versatile applicability that includes plastic colouring, printing applications as well as industrial and automotive coatings and paints.
“While this capacity expansion is our response to the growing demand in the market, it also increases our delivery reliability,” says Dr. Alexander Haunschild, Senior Vice President of the business unit Pigments & Resins Europe, adding, “Taking into account the latest trends in colour, we expect that customer demand for alpha blue pigments is going to continue to increase significantly.”