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BASF boosts capacity to meet upped demand

Plastics and additives supplier BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has decided to increase its existing production capacities for acrylic monomers and super-absorbent polymers in Antwerp, Belgium and for butylacrylate in Ludwigshafen. Markus Kramer, head of the functional polymers division, cites increased demand for these products in Europe as the impetus.

"The decision came in response to existing as well as new long-term supplier agreements, in most cases with strategic customers. Contracts are already in place covering the greater part of the sales volume for additional quantities," Kramer said.

The plans foresee upping capacity in Belgium from 115,000 tonnes/yr to 175,000 tonnes/yr. A second plant with a capacity of 160,000 tonnes/yr is to be built to back up the existing facility. These additions will come on stream by 2008.-Robert Colvin; [email protected]

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