Engineering: Lubricants BASF to Build New PAG Plant in Ludwigshafen
German chemical giant BASF announced the construction of a new plant for polyalkylene glycol (PAG)-based lubricants at its Ludwigshafen site. The manufacturing facility will start operations by the beginning of 2016 and produce PAG lubricant base stocks and formulated blends.
Ludwigshafen/Germany – With this double-digit million euro investment the company continues to support the global growth of synthetic lubricant formulators who use these BASF products in their final formulated lubricants. Through the integration in the largest Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the new production unit will have full backward integration into all key raw materials including ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.
PAG base stocks are used, for example, in finished lubricants for gear oils or compressor oils as well as in metalworking applications or fire-resistant hydraulic fluids.