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BASF Expands Capacity of Ethylene Oxide Derivatives for Polymers in Antwerp

Published on 2018-07-30. Author : SpecialChem

BASF pursues a significant capacity expansion of the integrated ethylene oxide complex at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The project includes capacity expansions for ethylene oxide and for several downstream derivatives, such as surfactants.

Ethylene Oxide Derivatives for Varied Industries

BASF ethylene dioxide
BASF increases capacity of the ethylene oxide complex in Antwerp

In Europe, BASF operates ethylene oxide plants in Antwerp and Ludwigshafen with a combined capacity of 845,000 metric tons per year. The company is the largest producer of ethylene oxide derivatives in the region.

Major ethylene oxide derivatives are:
  • Surfactants
  • Ethanol amines
  • Glycol ethers
  • Polyether polyols

Other specialty products used in a wide range of industries such as home and personal care, industrial applications and the automotive industry also include major ethylene oxide derivatives.

BASF intends to further strengthen its backward integration into ethylene oxide to support continued growth of its customers in downstream markets. The final investment decision is expected to be made in 2019.

Source: BASF
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