BASF Catalysts has completed a significant debottlenecking project that has increased capacity at its production facility in Tarragona, Spain and ensured the company can meet increasing polypropylene catalysts.

The 25% capacity increase will help meet this growing global demand, with the expansion completed as projected and on time in the third quarter 2008.

The Tarragona plant produces custom catalysts for BASF’s partner, Novolen Technology GmbH, and BASF’s own proprietary polyolefin catalysts.

“The global polyolefin catalysts market is expected to grow 4-5% per year through 2015,” explained George Vann, BASF Polyolefin Catalysts Global Business Manager.

“We expanded manufacturing capacity to keep pace with the market, meet our customers’ needs and leverage the value we bring to them.”

The new capacity will help BASF better service customers in Europe and the Middle East and strengthen the company’s business operations.

BASF’s Lynx® polypropylene catalyst technologies are utilised commercially in all major polypropylene process technologies, including slurry, bulk loop, stirred gas, fluid gas, and stirred bulk.

BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts, offering expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics, adsorbents and other products.

BASF itself is one of the world’s leading chemical companies, with its portfolio ranging from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products.