The second phase comprises a synthesis plant to produce the antioxidants Irgafos 168 and Irganox 1076.
With the completion of the second phase, the plant will have an annual capacity of 42,000 tons, mainly serving customers in China.
“When we decided to construct a new plant to support our growing antioxidants business, we sought to build it quickly, safely and efficiently,” said Hermann Althoff, senior VP, Performance Chemicals, Asia Pacific, BASF. “The plant is designed to reach high environmental standards, using the most efficient production processes. Located within the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, it also benefits from its proximity to our Research and Development Center in Shanghai, which provides technical support to polymer producers and the converting industry.”
The units for liquid antioxidants, form-giving, and powder blending were inaugurated in January 2019 as part of the plant’s first phase. It was the first time BASF used a modular concept to build a plant. This enabled the completion of the project in just 10 months – half the time of an onsite build. Ten plant modules with a weight of up to 440 tons per module were pre-fabricated off-site in 230 days. They were then assembled at the site in only five days after undertaking a 24-hours journey on the Yangtze River and the East China Sea.
The operational sustainability of the plant is an essential part of its design. Compared to existing antioxidant plants, the process technology of the new plant has a lower energy intensity and less waste is generated per ton of products manufactured. For example, the plant will reuse much of its process water for production and different drying technology is used to reduce solid waste.
The plant was recently awarded a grant of RMB50 million (approximately €6.5 million) by the Shanghai government.