Issue Date: September 3, 2012
BASF Ups Global Glycol Capacity
BASF has increased its annual global capacity for polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) by 35% to 250,000 metric tons per year. The boost included incremental expansions, modernization efforts, and efficiency improvements and came at a cost of $75 million. According to the firm, the additional capacity will meet customer demand for PTMEG, used to make spandex fibers and thermoplastic polyurethanes. BASF makes the intermediate in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Geismar, La.; Ulsan, South Korea; and Caojing, China.
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