BASF plans to increase global production capacity for antioxidant Irganox® 1010 by 40% with expansion projects at its facilities in Jurong, Singapore and Kaisten, Switzerland. With the release in Kaisten in 2019 and in Singapore in early 2021, BASF is striving to better serve the growing demand from consumers in Asia and Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its regional supply points. In addition, BASF is investing in McIntosh, Alabama in the United States, to improve asset reliability and further expand opportunities to meet growing consumer demand.
"Expanding our production capacity, we are responding to the increase in demand. With investments in Singapore, we emphasize our position as one of the leading suppliers of phenolic antioxidants, " said Hermann Altoff, senior vice president, BASF Performance Chemicals Asia Pacific.
In Singapore, the company will double its capacity for Irganox® 1010, adding an additional production line that will be integrated into existing production facilities.
"At the same time, we will add 30% to our existing capacity for Irganox® 1010 at our Kaisten plant in Switzerland using release operations. This significant and timely expansion, scheduled for 2019, confirms our commitment to accelerate business growth in the region, "added Alberto Giovansana, vice president of plastic additives EMEA, BASF.
"The increase in our production capacity demonstrates our commitment to plastic additives, which largely benefits our global customer base," said Dion Carter, senior vice president, BASF Performance Chemicals North America. "By investing in our McIntosh, Alabama site, we will continue to improve our security of supply and expand the capabilities of Irganox® 1010 and related antioxidants to meet the growing demand in the region."
Irganox® 1010 is a sterically hindered phenolic primary antioxidant. It provides protection against thermal oxidative degradation, mainly used in polyolefins, and is also recommended for polyacetals, polyamides and polyurethanes, polyesters, PVC, ABS and elastomers such as butyl rubber and synthetic rubbers.
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