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BASF Expands Oxo-Alcoholsand Plasticizer Capacity

9:46 AM MST | December 5, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

BASF says it will increase higher oxo-alcohols capacity at Ludwigshafen by 80,000 m.t./year, to 390,000 m.t./year. The extra capacity will be used mainly in plasticizer manufacture. BASF plans to raise plasticizers capacity by 40,000 m.t./year, to 300,000 m.t./year by the second quarter of 2008. The oxo expansion will be phased through the first quarter of 2009, the company says. Strong demand for polyvinyl chloride plasticizers based on C9 and C10 alcohols is the main reason for the expansion, says Albert Heuser, president/petrochemicals at...

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