BASF starts up a new production facility for intermediates


Leading international chemical company BASF has today started-up a new production plant complex for the manufacture of chemical intermediates, at an investment of around €100m.

After a two-year construction phase, BASF has now started-up the new plant complex for the production of cyclopentanone (CPon) and cyclododecanone (CDon) at its Ludwigshafen Verbund site in Germany.

Kurt Beck, Prime Minister of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, attended the inauguration ceremony for the facility, in which the company has invested more than €100m and will see a return of total production capacity of approximately 30,000 metric tons per year (tpy). The complex will also create 48 new jobs in Ludwigshafen.

The new facility will be the first to use nitrous oxide for industrial-scale oxidation, a gas which is a by-product from another production process and serves as a starting material in the new.

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