China: Production of Biocatalyzed Acrylamide BASF Opens First Bio ACM Production Plant in China

Editor: Alexander Stark

BASF celebrated the opening of has opened a new production plant for biocatalyzed acrylamide at its site in Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, Nanjing, China. The plant has a capacity of more than 50,000 tons of biocatalyzed acrylamide per year.

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BASF inaugurates enzyme-based production plant for biocatalyzed acrylamide in Nanjing, China
BASF inaugurates enzyme-based production plant for biocatalyzed acrylamide in Nanjing, China
(Source: BASF)

Ludwigshafen/Germany and Nanjing/China — With this investment in its wholly-owned Bio ACM plant in Nanjing, the company is strengthening its production set-up for supply of polyacrylamide to customers in Asia Pacific, especially in China. Acrylamide is used in the production of water-soluble flocculation aids that make wastewater treatment and papermaking, as well as mineral processing and enhanced oil recovery, more efficient and less resource-intensive.

The enzyme-based biocatalytic production method results in less waste than conventional high-pressure, energy-intensive copper catalysis. The process takes place at room temperature and under normal atmospheric conditions, resulting in energy savings and greater environmental compatibility. It also generates fewer byproducts.

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The manufacturer has been producing biocatalyzed acrylamide in Suffolk, USA, since 2014 and started operations at its European Bio ACM plant in Bradford, England, in 2016. With this successful start-up in China, BASF now has three production facilities located in key markets worldwide.

The construction of a new polyacrylamide production line is currently underway and is expected to go on stream in 2018.

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