Increase in Capacity Vitamin Boost – BASF to Produce more Vitamin A in Ludwigshafen

Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

With the expansion of production capacity for vitamin A by 25 % in Ludwigshafen, Germany, BASF reacts to the rising demand for high-quality vitamin A products as well as to global market growth. For this purpose, the chemical giant has expanded an existing plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which is part of BASF’s Citral Verbund.

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The citral plant at BASF's Verbund site in Ludwigshafen provides the key building block for BASF's fine chemicals: Citral is a starting material for vitamins A and E as well as for carotenoids and a variety of aroma chemicals.
The citral plant at BASF's Verbund site in Ludwigshafen provides the key building block for BASF's fine chemicals: Citral is a starting material for vitamins A and E as well as for carotenoids and a variety of aroma chemicals.
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Ludwigshafen/Germany – According to BASF, the additional capacities are available immediately. Vitamin A is an essential and fat-soluble micronutrient. It is used by the human and animal nutrition industries in feed and food products, and also by the personal care sector. Vitamin A supports, for example, the function of the eyes, lungs and skin. It also helps to prevent growth disorders and supports skeletal development.

“With our vitamin portfolio, we are leaders in supply reliability and high quality: Our vitamin A stands out thanks to exceptional product stability and bio-availability. This capacity increase shows our commitment to the growing vitamin A market,” said Dr. Christopher Rieker, who heads BASF’s Animal Nutrition business.

In animal nutrition, Vitamin A is used as a feed additive in all types of feed for livestock and companion animals. In human nutrition, vitamin A is used in supplements and to fortify foods and beverages. The BASF product portfolio includes a broad range of fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. BASF also offers vitamins A/D3, D3, K1, B2, B5, E and Choline Chloride.

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