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BASF starts new production line of high-temperature resistant thermoplastic in Korea

Thursday, 26 April 2018

BASF has started up a new production line for its high-temperature resistant thermoplastic "Ultrason" (polyarylsulfone) at its site in Yeosu, Korea. With the new line the global annual capacity will increase by 6,000 metric tons to 24,000 metric tons.

BASF has started up a new production line for polyarylsulfone at its site in Yeosu, Korea. Source: BASF.

BASF has started up a new production line for polyarylsulfone at its site in Yeosu, Korea. Source: BASF.

The plant in Yeosu was opened in 2014 as the first "Ultrason" plant in Asia. "This capacity expansion will strengthen our competitive position and drive the global versatility of our polyarylsulfone business,” said Giorgio Greening, head of BASF’s global business unit Styrenic Foams and Specialty Polymers. "The expanded production enables us to accompany our customers’ growth at a high technical level and with the optimum product portfolio.”

Production sites in Germany and Korea

BASF produces "Ultrason" in Ludwigshafen, Germany and in Yeosu, Korea. "With the new line we will continue to reliably serve customers and industry partners with high-quality material. Especially customers in Asia will benefit from fast response and proximity,” said Olivier Ubrich, head of global business management Specialty Polymers. "With increasing urbanization and the growing need for clean water management, 'Ultrason' is the ideal material for filter membranes thus contributing to the desalination and purification in water treatment.”

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