BASF Ups Global Glycol Capacity | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 36 | p. 28 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 3, 2012

BASF Ups Global Glycol Capacity

Department: Business
Keywords: capacity increase, spandex, polyurethanes

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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