China: 30,000-Metric Ton Capacity BASF Celebrates Startup of Second Production Plant for Propionic Acid in Nanjing
BASF and Sinopec commenced production at the second propionic acid plant at the Verbund site in Nanjing, China. The new plant has an annual production capacity of 30,000 metric tons of propionic acid.
Nanjing/China — As the population grows and the living standards improve in Asia Pacific, the rising demand for food and feed has led to an increase in the consumption of propionic acid. Strong growth in other industries, such as pharmaceuticals and agriculture, is also driving BASF to expand their propionic acid capacity in the region. With their new plant, the chemicals company is intending to better support the growth of their customers in China and the rest of Asia Pacific. With the startup of their new production plant, BASF's propionic acid production capacity has been increased to 69,000 metric tons per year.
Propionic acid is used as a mold inhibitor for the preservation of food and feed grains. It offers strong economic and ecological benefits over preservation through drying or storage in air-tight silos. Propionic acid is also widely used in the production of pharmaceuticals, crop protection agents, solvents and thermoplastics.