BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF started the production of Palatinol DOTP (dioctyl terephthalate), a general-purpose plasticizer, at its Pasadena, Texas facility, with an installed capacity of 60,000 metric tons per year. The production capacity of the plant will enable BASF to respond to the increasing demand for non-ortho-phthalate plasticizers in North America. The capacity creation of the new facility will add strength to its position and make the company as a reliable source for DOTP.
BASF also started operations of oxo alcohol unit for 2-EH (2-ethylhexanol) at the Pasadena site with an installed capacity of 100,000 metric tons per year. This will enable BASF to meet the raw material’s requirements for Palatinol DOTP to increase the reliability of BASF’s 2-EHA (2-ethylhexyl acrylate) production at the company’s site in Freeport, Texas.
Heather Remley, Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals North America, said, “The new capacities provide increased potential for BASF in the non-ortho-phthalate plasticizers market. Production at our Pasadena facility reinforces BASF as a valued supplier and reliable partner for plasticizers in North America.”
BASF offers a wide range of plasticizers, which including general-purpose plasticizers, and specialty plasticizers, such as adipates, polymerics, and trimellitates. Plasticizers are used by the manufacturers to soften and increase the flexibility of rigid PVC (polyvinylchloride). With Palatinol DOTP, a terephthalate, in its portfolio, BASF offers effective solutions to producers of vinyl film and sheet applications for flooring, coated fabrics, and wire and cable coatings.
BASF’s portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas.