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BASF and Petronas to study possibility of a new plant

March 29/2011

(BASF) -- BASF and Petronas will commence a feasibility study for a new plant for superabsorbent polymers. The companies have also decided to look into the expansion of the existing production capacities of their joint venture BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd.

Our joint venture BASF Petronas Chemicals plays an important role for us in achieving our Asia Pacific Strategy for 2020. With this investment in high-growth specialty chemicals, we will position ourselves even better to serve our customers in Asia, said Dr. Martin Brudermuller, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, responsible for Asia Pacific. With this capacity expansion and extension into superabsorbent polymers we extract further potential of our acrylics value chain in BASF PETRONAS Chemicals.

The new investment will be part of BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd, founded by BASF and Petronas in 1997. The company currently operates an integrated complex situated at the Gebeng Industrial Zone, Pahang. The companys share of capital is 60% held by BASF and 40% by Petronas with a total investment of about RM3.4 billion for production facilities for acrylic monomers, oxo products and butanediol. 

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