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… Starts Up Ester Unit in Texas

12:05 PM MDT | July 26, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

BASF says it has started up its new 125,000-m.t./year di-propyl heptyl phthalate (DPHP) ester plant at Pasadena, TX. The startup coincides with the expiration of a tolling agreement at Sunoco Chemical’s Neville Island, PA unit. Sunoco agreed to toll produce plasticizers at Neville Island for BASF through the end of 2006 as part of BASF’s acquisition of Sunoco’s plasticizers business (CW, April 30, 2003, p. 7). “Our new ester plant allows us to convert a good portion of our linear and branched plasticizer business to DPHP and grow our sales...

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