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BASF Slashes Caprolactam Production

6:40 AM MDT | October 17, 2008 | Natasha Alperowicz

BASF says it has reduced production of caprolactam worldwide by 35% in response to lower demand, and steep rises in raw material and energy costs. The company, one of the leading caprolactam producers with total capacity of 800,000 m.t./year, says it has reduced production by about 280,000 m.t./year. The reduction is across the company's production system including plants at Freeport, TX; Antwerp; and Ludwigshafen. Raw materials used in the production of caprolactam are cyclohexane, ammonia, and sulfur. Caprolactam is an intermediate for nylon manufacture. BASF...

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