“With this expansion, we strengthen our position in the North and South American markets and reliably meet our customers’ growing BDO demand from our local asset in Geismar,” said Soeren Hildebrandt, Senior Vice President, Intermediates division for BASF North America. “In addition to BDO, we have been investing in various products in North America, most recently in formic acid to expand our strong presence in the market and the commitment to our customers.”
The investment emphasizes BASF’s long-standing commitment to the BDO value chain in North America with 2016 marking the 40th production anniversary in Geismar.
BASF is one of the leading producers of BDO globally. Including Geismar, the company manufactures 670,000 metric tons of BDO per year globally, with production plants in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Kuantan, Malaysia; Caojing, China; and Chiba, Japan. In addition, a joint venture between BASF and Xinjiang Markor operates a BDO plant in Korla, China.
BDO and its derivatives are used for producing plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibers. Depending on the production technology, conventional BDO can be produced using natural gas, coal, butane, butadiene or propylene as primary starting materials.