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BASF continued partnership with Omya

April 20/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF extended partnership with Omya (Oftringen, Switzerland), in the paper & board coating area and will continue to make joint use of BASFs pilot coating center at Ludwigshafen, Germany for at least four more years, said the company.

Omya offers mineral filler solutions and innovative coating concepts based on Calcium Carbonate, complementary pigments, and additives, for the production of paper and board. BASF supplies a comprehensive and innovative product range of binders and coating additives for the formulation of paper and board coatings.

In 2003, both companies decided to join forces and bundle their know-how in the area of paper & board coating. The centerpiece of the partnership is BASFs Pilot Coating Center in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which offers state-of-the-art pilot coating equipment including 2 pilot coaters, one Supercalender and lab testing equipment operated by a highly skilled team. The existing partnership would have expired by the end of 2021. Both Omya and BASF are now happy to announce that their existing partnership will be prolonged for a minimum of four years. Their customers will continue to benefit from world-class technical service and coating expertise of the two market leaders.

BASFs pilot coating center offers state-of-the-art pilot coating equipment, including 2 pilot coaters, one supercalender and lab testing equipment, the company says. The pilot coating center facilitates the efficient transfer of technical solutions, new product developments and optimized recipes from lab to paper mill while reducing risk. This is even more important in todays challenging times with increased competitive and cost pressure, says Volker Scharffenberger, head of BASFs pilot coating center.

As per MRC, BASF Sonatrach PropanChem (BSP), a joint venture between German BASF and Algerian Sonatrach, closed the propane dehydrogenation unit in Tarragona (Tarragona, Spain) on April 15 for unscheduled repairs. Market sources said the propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit with a capacity of 350 ktpa of propylene joint venture between BASF and Sonatrach has been shut down for maintenance until mid-May.

As MRC informed before, in mid-February, BASF said it was restarting one of its steam crackers at its Ludwigshafen complex in Germany after operations were halted last Wednesday due to a technical issue. The naphtha cracker produces ethylene and propylene, and is one of two crackers on the site. One has a production capacity of 420,000 metric tons/year, with the other's capacity at 240,000 metric tons/year, according to IHS Markit data.

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

According to MRC"s ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated polyethylene (PE) consumption totalled 356,370 tonnes in the first two month of 2021, down by 9% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) increased. At the same time, polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market was 246,870 tonnes in January-February 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.

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.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry, BASF.
Category:General News
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