Issue Date: July 28, 2008
Firms Wax Prolific
BASF and Sasol are adding wax capacity in two separate moves. BASF will double capacity for oxidized waxes at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, site with the construction of a second plant for oxidizing low-density polyethylene waxes, used primarily in plastics processing. The $16 million project also involves the modernization of the company's existing polyethylene wax plant. Meanwhile, Sasol will increase its paraffin wax capacity in Hamburg, Germany, by 15%, by expanding hydro-treating capacity. The expansion should be completed by mid-2009.
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