|(basf) -- BASF is
increasing the production capacity of its ammonium bicarbonate and ammonium
carbonate plant at Ludwigshafen by 30% in a move designed to cope with rising
demand for high-purity food additives on the world market. The upgrade is
scheduled to be complete by early 2013.
"With our technical
expertise and the high quality standard of our plant, which is geared towards
the most stringent requirements in the production of food additives, we are
ideally placed to further strengthen our market-leading position in this
segment," says Dr. Thomas Wehlage, Senior Vice President and Head of the
Inorganic Chemicals business unit.
Karl Chang, Regional Head of
Business Management Inorganic Chemicals Asia Pacific, adds, "The extra capacity
at Ludwigshafen will enable us to meet growing demand for high-purity food
additives in the Asia Pacific region too."
Ammonium bicarbonate is
an important synthetic leavening agent for bakery products. The Ludwigshafen
plant is not only GMP-certified (Good Manufacturing Practice) but also satisfies
the high certification standards of the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The
plant also manufactures certified kosher and halal products. Certifications like
these give customers the assurance of the highest standard of product safety so
essential in the food industry.