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BASF selects BTC to distribute polyols for polyurethane, aromatic isocyanates in Europe

January 20/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF says it has chosen BTC Europe (BTC; Monheim am Rhein, Germany) as its new distributor in Europe for aromatic isocyanates and polyols for polyurethane applications, according to Chemweek.

The collaboration comes into effect on 1 February 2021 and will comprise BASFs polyurethane product brands Lupranat, Lupranol, and Lupraphen. The new agreement will enable the company to react to the wish of our customers of providing the entire product portfolio from a single source, says Oliver Peter, BASFs account manager/European isocyanates.

BTC, owned by BASF, is already the European distribution arm for the sale of BASFs specialty chemicals to small- and medium-sized customers.

As MRC reported before, BASF says it has shut down an unspecified unit at its 420,000-metric ton/year steam cracker site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to a technical defect. Unscheduled flaring started on 13 January at the northern part of the Ludwigshafen site and is expected to last until 17 January, it says. At around 4pm (local time) there was an outage at a unit at the northern part due to a technical defect. The unit will be partially shut down to repair the defect, it says.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia decreased in January-November 2020 by 17% year on year and reached 569,900 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the greatest reduction in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

BASF is the leading chemical company. It produces a wide range of chemicals, for example solvents, amines, resins, glues, electronic-grade chemicals, industrial gases, basic petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals. The most important customers for this segment are the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries.


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, poliuretan, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, adhesives, BASF, Germany, Russia.
Category:General News
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