BASF inaugurated the second phase of its new, world-scale antioxidants manufacturing plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China.
Shanghai/China — With the completion of the second phase of BASF's antioxidants manufacturing plant, the facility will have an annual capacity of 42,000 tons, mainly serving customers in China. The second phase comprises a synthesis plant to produce the antioxidants Irgafos 168 and Irganox 1076.
During the inauguration, Hermann Althoff, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals, Asia Pacific, explained that the plant is designed to reach high environmental standards, using the most efficient production processes. Located within the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, it also benefits from its proximity to the group's Research and Development Center in Shanghai, that provides technical support to polymer producers and to the converting industry.
The units for liquid antioxidants, formgiving, and powder blending were inaugurated in January 2019 as part of the plant’s first phase. It was the first time the company used a modular concept to build a plant. This enabled the completion of the project in just 10 months – half the time of an onsite build. 10 plant modules with a weight of up to 440 tons per module were pre-fabricated off-site in just 230 days. They were then assembled at the site in only five days after undertaking a 24-hours journey on the Yangtze River and the East China Sea.
The operational sustainability of the plant is an essential part of its design. Compared to existing antioxidant plants, the process technology of the new plant has a lower energy intensity and less waste is generated per ton of products manufactured. For example, the plant will reuse much of its process water for production and a different drying technology is used to reduce solid waste.
Thanks to these features, the plant has recently been awarded a grant of approx. $ 7.1 million by the Shanghai government. The grant was established in 2015 under a program set up to transform and upgrade the city’s industrial economy. It encourages companies in Shanghai to invest in technologies that benefit the environment, such as a more efficient use of energy, as well as reduction of waste and emissions.