BASF has announced plant to build a specialty amine production plant at its existing wholly-owned site in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in Nanjing, China. The plant, which is scheduled to come on stream in late 2015, will have dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) and polyetheramines (PEA) as the main products.
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.
BASF is investing in the amine plant in part due to an increasing consumption of personal care product by the growing middle class in China and Asia. In addition, the facility will strengthen its global production network and complement existing facilities in Germany and the United States for DMAPA and PEA. BASF has manufacturing capacities for both products at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and in Geismar, Louisiana.
“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. “Our ability to produce these products within the region will strengthen our supply reliability and better serve our customers with shorter lead times.”