BASF has announced its plans to increase its production of tertiary Butylamine (tBA) by 60% at its facility in Nanjing Chemical Industry Park, China. The 60% increase will mean its production will shoot up from 10,000 tons to 16,000 tons per year. According to Guido Voit, the Senior Vice-President the expansion will help the company meet the growing demand in the Asia Pacific region in the coming years. The demand projection indicates that China will consume the largest market share.
This move will also help BASF to cater to the demands for the tyre industry in the region in the near future. Tertiary Butylamine (tBA) is a primary aliphatic amine that is used as an intermediate to make accelerators for tyre and rubber industry. Presently, the company is working expanding the facility and seeking regulatory approvals. Once the process streamlines, the project is slated for completion by 2015.
The other important use of tertiary Butylamine (tBA) is also seen in agriculture and pharmaceutical industries as a compound that is integral and considered a building block. Along with the mentioned expansion plans, BASF also manufactures tertiary Butylamine (tBA) at its plants in Belgium, Antwerp, Louisiana, and Geismar.
This news comes right after the company decided to expand business for mobile emissions catalysts in Shanghai. In addition to these initiatives and plans, the Germany-based company has also decided to build a plant for production of chemicals in Dahej, Gujarat in India.