BASF to set up specialty amines plant in Nanjing

BASF is building a new production plant to manufacture specialty amines at its existing wholly owned site in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The plant, which is scheduled to come on-stream in late 2015, will have dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) and polyetheramines (PEA) as the main products.

The new plant complements existing facilities in Germany and the U.S. for DMAPA and PEA. “BASF is a leading supplier of DMAPA and PEA globally, and this investment reflects our continued commitment to meeting the growing market demand in Asia Pacific”, said Sanjeev Gandhi, president of BASF’s Intermediates division.

DMAPA is mainly consumed in the production of betaines, which are used as co-surfactants in personal care products like shampoo and body wash. DMAPA is also used in various other applications including dye-stuff intermediates, lubricant additives, electroplating, coupling agents for rubber and others. PEA is an intermediate chemical for epoxy curing agents used in the production of plastics, polyurea coatings, adhesives, reaction injection moulding and wind blade composites. BASF offers polyetheramines under its Baxxodur brand.

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