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BASF inaugurates world-scale acrylic acid complex in Brazil

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

BASF inaugurated its world-scale production complex for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil.

BASF’s world-scale production complex for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers in Camaçari, Brazil. Source: BASF

BASF’s world-scale production complex for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers in Camaçari, Brazil. Source: BASF

These are the first plants for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers in South America. The complex has a capacity of 160,000 tons of acrylic acid per year. The investment of more than EUR 500 million is the largest in BASF’s more than century-long history in South America.

Encouraging investment

"BASF is the global leader in the acrylic acid value chain. This major investment will further strengthen our position in the growing South American market,” said Michael Heinz, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and responsible for South America. Butyl acrylate, an important derivative of acrylic acid, is used to produce adhesives, construction chemicals and decorative paints. Superabsorbent polymers are products in the acrylic acid value chain and are used in the production of hygiene products. "This complex will secure national and regional supply of products that are currently imported,” said Ralph Schweens, President of BASF in South America. "In addition, it will positively impact the local economy by encouraging investment and innovation in the region and attracting new companies to the Camaçari industrial area,” he added.

Butyl acrylate plant will be converted

In addition to the new Camaçari complex, BASF will convert its butyl acrylate plant at its existing site in Guaratinguetá near São Paulo to produce 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, an important raw material for the adhesive and coatings industries. This will be the first plant of its kind in South America. Production is expected to start in 2016 and will be based on acrylic acid produced in Camaçari.

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