BASF Starts Producing Dioctyl Terephthalate in U.S Gulf
BASF- the second largest marketer and producer of chemicals and a prime affiliate of BASF SE headquartered in Germany, started its production of DOTP (dioctyl terephthalate) in the U.S Gulf on July 18, 2017.
The new plant for DOTP is at Pasadena in Texas. The nameplate capacity of the plant is approximately 60,000 tons per year. The senior vice president of petrochemicals in North America, Mr. Heather Remley said, “The new plant with a huge capacity would provide enhanced potential for the second largest chemical producing company in the plasticizers market.” According to Remley, production at their Pasadena plant strengthens BASF as a reliable supplier and a valued partner for plasticizers in Northern America.
BASF has also established an oxo-alcohol unit for 2-EH (2-ethylhexanol) at its Pasadena site. This facility has the capacity of 100,000 tons per year. BASF claims that this will secure stable raw material incorporation for the DOTP. Demand and supply for plasticizers in the United States has been consistent after the plant because of the reducing effect of European force majeure.
Plasticizers are additives that boost the fluidity or plasticity of any material they are added to. Universally, around ninety six percent of plasticizers are used especially in flexible PVC components. This includes wall covering, flooring, roofing, PVC films and cables. In the United States, eighty to ninety percent of plasticizers are consumed for producing PVC applications.
Apart from BASF, Eastman Chemicals and ExxonMobil are two prominent global plasticizer producers. BASF had also started producing di-2-propylheptyl phthalate (DPHP) and it turned out to be a massive success for the company few years ago. The companies have planned to change the production to DOTP for recognizing the separation from DINP (ortho-phthalates) and to compete with Eastman. BASF confirmed that it will inflate its product contributions to the chemical market in the U.S.
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