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BASF expands in Houston area

July 31, 2017
Chemical Value Chain

The world’s largest chemical company is expanding in the Houston area.

Germany-based BASF said it completed two plastic and chemical expansions just outside of Houston at its Pasadena complex.

The capacity expansions contribute to the production of plasticizers used to soften and increase the flexibility of rigid materials like polyvinyl chloride, called PVC.

BASF said it increased its production of dioctyl terephthalate, or DOTP, which is a general purpose plasticizer, by 60,000 metric tons a year. Likewise, BASF upped its production of 2-ethylhexanol, which is a DOTP raw material, by 100,000 metric tons annually.

 The smaller Houston-area expansions come after BASF backed off, at least temporarily, building a much larger $1.4 billion plant at its Freeport complex to churn out more propylene, which is one of the most common building blocks for plastics. BASF is still building an ammonia plant in Freeport with Norway-based Yara International that is slated to open later this year.
By Jordan Blum
Source: Chron

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