Issue Date: February 19, 2007
BASF Will Expand Engineering Plastics
BASF will build a plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, that can produce 6,000 metric tons per year of dihydroxy diphenyl sulfone (DHDS), a feedstock used to make the high-temperature-resistant polymer polyether sulfone. To be completed in mid-2008, the facility will supply the feedstock to a polyether sulfone plant at the site that is being doubled in size to 12,000 metric tons. BASF now purchases DHDS but says it can make the chemical in-house through a process already developed by its leather chemicals business.
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