BASF expands production capacity for neopentylglycol in China

BASF and Sinopec will expand the production capacity of Neopentylglycol at the Verbund site, BASF-YPC Co., Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture in Nanjing, China. The polyalcohol is mainly used as a building block in polyester resins for coatings.

The plant in Nanjing -

The plant was established in 2015 with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tons. Following the expansion, the annual capacity will be doubled to 80,000 metric tons. The expanded capacity will come on stream in 2020.

Fast-growing demand

“With this increased capacity, we will support the fast-growing demand for NPG in China and the Asia Pacific region. The expansion is also in line with the trend towards environmentally friendly powder coatings with low VOCs,” said Narayan Krishnamohan, Senior Vice President, BASF Intermediates Asia Pacific.

End-use applications

NPG is a polyalcohol offering good performance in many end-use applications such as powder coatings and construction due to its high chemical and thermal stability. It is mainly used as a building block in polyester resins for coatings, unsaturated polyester and alkyd resins, lubricants and plasticisers.

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