BASF have just increased the output of two of its operations.
Production capacity of their Ulsan/Korea polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF) plant has been boosted from 30,000 tons per year to 40,000 tons per year by debottlenecking. This plant has been in operation since 1998, when it opened with an annual capacity of 20,000 tons. This was extended to 30,000 tons per year in 1998.
PolyTHF is used in the production of elastic fibres used in textiles such as sportswear, thermoplastic polyurethanes such as hoses and films, thermoplastic polyesters or polyetheramides and cast elastomers such as those in skate board wheels.
The production capacity of the Ludwigshafen wax facility has also been increased to 45,000 tons per year, an increase of 10,00 tons.
The waxes and wax emulsions are commonly used as additives for plastics, coatings, dispersions, agricultural products and fine chemicals.
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