BASF is increasing its production capacity for copolymers of vinyl chloride to 12,000 tons/year at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, site. The company will invest € 6 million to increase this capacity in response to increasing demand for special coating systems.
BASF markets its vinyl chloride copolymers under the Laroflex® trademark. Vinyl chloride copolymers are employed as binders in solvent-based coatings applied to iron, steel, non-ferrous metals, plastics, mineral substrates like concrete as well as for solvent-based printing inks and marking paints. Their most important applications are in anti-corrosion coatings such as shipbuilding and in packaging printing.