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BASF Starts up an Intermediates Manufacturing Complex at Ludwigshafen

4:46 AM MST | November 30, 2009 | Natasha Alperowicz

BASF says it has completed construction of a more than €100 million ($149.2 million) complex for the production of the intermediates cyclopentanone (CPon) and cyclododecanone (CDon) at its Ludwigshafen, Germany site. The complex will have combined capacity for about 30,000 m.t./year and will lead to the creation of 48 new jobs. The new facility will be the first to use nitrous oxide for industrial scale oxidation, BASF says. This greenhouse gas, which is a by-product from another production process, serves as a starting material in the new plant. CDon...

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