SCHWARZHEIDE, GERMANY: BASF SE has started operation of its expanded compounding plant in Schwarzheide site, Germany. With the expansion of the plant up to 70,000 tonnes more Ultramid (PA: polyamide) and Ultradur (PBT: polybutylene terephthalate) can be produced each year.
This is a further step in the capacity expansions with which BASF is responding to the rising global demand for engineering plastics. BASF’s worldwide compounding capacity for PA and PBT will thus reach more than 700,000 tonnes per year. About 50 new jobs will be created.
Simultaneously, the additional capacity increases flexibility in the global production network of BASF. Thus, BASF can, for example, meet the higher expectations of the automotive industry when it comes to the production of high-volume components.
With the expansion, Schwarzheide is the site with the biggest PA and PBT compounding capacity within BASF globally.
The engineering plastics Ultramid and Ultradur are used to make high-performance components for the automotive, electrical and electronics industries, as well as for the construction and furniture sectors. The components include oil pans, engine mounts, sensors and connectors, chairs and fastening elements.
Latest innovations are the speciality Ultramid Advanced-N, the charge air duct made of the high-temperature polyamide Ultramid Endure in the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and the TeamUP design chair for the office of the future.
“The bigger plant enables us to accompany our customers’ growth in the long run, at the highest technical level and with the best plastics. The expanded plant represents state of the art technology in the plastics market and gives us, even more, flexibility in our production process,” said Jurgen Becky, head of BASF’s business unit performance materials Europe.
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