BASF has announced that it is investing in a new plastic additives plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China.
The 42 000 tpy plant, which will produce antioxidants and associated forms and blends, is expected to be completed in 2019, with commercial production to start by early 2020.
Hermann Althoff, Senior Vice President of BASF’s Performance Chemicals unit in Asia Pacific, said: “Asia, and particularly the Chinese market, offer significant growth opportunities, driven by diverse applications including packaging, construction, consumer goods, automotive and many more […] The plant will be built to reach high environmental standards and have one of the most efficient production processes. Located within the Caojing complex, it will also benefit from its proximity to our regional application centre in Shanghai that provides technical support to polymer producers and to the converting industry within the region.”
Antioxidants help prevent thermal oxidation reactions when plastics are processed at high temperatures, and light-assisted oxidation when plastics are exposed to UV light. Oxidation can cause loss of impact strength, elongation, surface cracks and discoloration of the material. Almost all polymer materials undergo oxidative degradation reactions at one or all of the manufacturing, processing and end-use stages.
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