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BASF to build new plant in Geismar

Staff reports

BASF announced it will build a new methylamines plant in Geismar due to start operations in 2011.

The methylamines will serve as raw materials for some 20 different specialty amines produced by BASF at existing facilities in Geismar, according to a company release.

The company currently operates three methylamine facilities worldwide with a total annual capacity of 169,000 metric tons.

The new methylamines plant in Geismar will create 11 new jobs at BASF. About 250 people will work on the plant in the construction phase.

“This plant will strengthen our leading position as a global supplier of standard and specialty amines,” said Dr. Beate Ehle, President of BASF’s Intermediates division. “With this backward integration, we are reinforcing the integrated Verbund in Geismar and paving the way to continued growth for our business with methylamine derivatives. This is extremely important for us since our customers use these derivatives as key starting materials to manufacture water treatment, gas treatment and cleaning agents, detergents as well as pharmaceuticals and crop protectants - products that provide answers to global needs and future megatrends.”