BASF increases capacity for epsilon-caprolactone

BASF will begin expanding its production capacity for epsilon-caprolactone (CLO) with a first project to raise its annual capacity by up to 2,000 metric tons in 2008. In line with market
growth, further capital has been earmarked for projects to expand CLO and its value chain in subsequent years.

BASF has been producing CLO since 2001 and currently makes it at its Freeport, Texas (U.S.) site. CLO and its polymers are used as intermediates in a variety of applications in many industries
including TPU, adhesives and coatings, where it provides a high-quality combination of properties.

BASF – The BASF Group’s Intermediates Division develops, produces and markets the world’s largest range of intermediates containing more than 600 products. The most important of the
Division’s product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics,
pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes.
The ISO 9001:2000-certified Intermediates Division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2006, the division generated world sales of about ?2.3 billion euros
with 2,600 employees.

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