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Inorganic Chemicals

BASF moves ahead on methanesulfonic acid

by Michael McCoy
January 24, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 4

 

BASF has started construction on a roughly $100 million methanesulfonic acid (MSA) plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The project, first announced in December 2018, is on track to be completed by the end of 2021. BASF calls MSA a sustainable alternative to other acids such as sulfuric and phosphoric. The new plant will use BASF’s current technology, not one it acquired last year from Grillo-Werke, but the firm says it plans to deploy the new technology in the future.

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