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BASF, Sinopec Mull More Nanjing Output

by Michael McCoy
June 3, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 22

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Storage tanks at the BASF-YPC complex in Nanjing.
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Storage tanks at the BASF-YPC complex in Nanjing.

BASF and China’s Sinopec are considering expansion of their joint venture in Nanjing, China, with a neopentyl glycol plant and an increase in ethylene oxide capacity. BASF calls itself the global market leader in neopentyl glycol, which is used to make coatings, unsaturated polyesters, lubricants, and plasticizers. The Nanjing venture, called BASF-YPC, opened in 2005 making basic chemicals. In 2011 the partners announced plans to build acrylic acid, butyl acrylate, and superabsorbent polymer plants.

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