Engineering Plastics BASF to expand compounding capacities in Europe
Already in the middle of this year, BASF in Shanghai more than doubled its compounding capacities for polyamide and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and started operations in Korea a plant for compounding the two materials in October. Now BASF will expand its compounding capacities for engineering plastics in Schwarzheide/Germany.
Ludwigshafen/Germany – BASF expects an increasing demand for engineering plastics around the world. Thus the company is expanding the compounding capacities for engineering plastics in Europe. Presumably from 2017 it will be possible to additionally produce up to 70,000 metric tons per year of polyamide/PA (Ultramid) and polybutylene terephthalate/PBT (Ultradur) at the Schwarzheide site, Germany. According to the company, its global compounding capacity for PA and PBT will then be more than 700,000 metric tons per year. Already in the middle of this year, BASF in Shanghai more than doubled its compounding capacities for the two materials and also increased the capacities for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). In Korea a plant for compounding PA and PBT started operations in October.
“With this expansion we strengthen our leading position in engineering plastics in Europe”, says Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner, head of BASF’s Performance Materials Europe division. “By investing in highly efficient plants we help our customers to meet the increased demands on the materials, e.g. for large-volume and globally manufactured components in the automotive industry. As a reliable partner we thus support the growth of our customers and help them to overcome challenges such as lightweight construction and emission reduction with innovations.”
The engineering plastics PA and PBT are processed into high-performance components in the automotive industry, the electrical and electronics sector as well as in the construction and furniture industries. Examples of such components are car seat structures, oil pans, engine mounts, sensors and connectors, chairs and fixings.