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Germany: Catalysts BASF Invests in Production Plant for Speciality Zeolites

| Editor: Alexander Stark

BASF invests in another production plant for specialty zeolites at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, headquarters site. The new plant will double the company’s global specialty zeolites production capacity.

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BASF’s specialty zeolites based on crystalline alumosilicates play a key role in diesel automotive emission catalysts to reduce harmful NOx emissions. Magnification 8000:1 (15 cm in width)
BASF’s specialty zeolites based on crystalline alumosilicates play a key role in diesel automotive emission catalysts to reduce harmful NOx emissions. Magnification 8000:1 (15 cm in width)
(Source: BASF SE)

Ludwigshafen/Germany — These specialty zeolites will be used to produce state-of-the-art emissions catalysts for heavy duty and light duty diesel vehicles.

Production is scheduled to begin in 2019. Another plant in Ludwigshafen started production in 2014. The company currently produces specialty zeolites in Ludwigshafen and at its operating site in Seneca, South Carolina (USA). In addition, the company is running pilot facilities in Ludwigshafen and at its research and development site in Beachwood, Ohio (USA).

On September 20, the site celebrated a topping-out ceremony for the new plant. It will make the manufacturer one of the largest producers of specialty zeolites worldwide.

At 83 meters high, the new plant will become one of the highest buildings at the site in Ludwigshafen. Approximately 25 new jobs will be created.

Zeolites are crystalline aluminosilicates that are found in different molecular structures in nature. Specialty zeolites are crystallized under elevated pressure with the help of organic auxiliary agents.

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