BASF is one of world’s leaders in the production of alkylethanolamines. With a rising demand for the widely used chemical, a new production facility in the Port of Antwerp is a necessary next step. The upcoming expansion will increase the German company’s global production of alkylethanolamines by almost 30% and result in a gain of over 140,000 tons annually.
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BASF (Germany) expands production in Antwerp (Flanders)
In the next couple of years, we see a growing demand for alkylethanolamines in a wide range of industries, such as water or gas treatment and detergents. Our latest investment in the Port of Antwerp supports our ambition to manufacture products that stimulate the growth of our customers.
BASF’s new production facility will be part of its Verbund site in Antwerp, which is the company’s second largest facility in the world. The cost-efficient production site ensures that raw materials get processed in one factory, then are sent to and refined in another, keeping transportation costs to a minimum.
Coupled with its high local upstream integration, this also cuts BASF’s carbon footprint. In addition, the company’s new facility will meet the strict new environmental norms to ensure the sustainable production of alkylethanolamines.
BASF and Flanders have a long history together. Over 50 years ago, BASF established its first production facility at the Port of Antwerp: BASF Antwerp was born. With over 3,000 employees and counting, it has become the group’s largest production site in Belgium and its second-largest worldwide.
For its ongoing investments in the local business environment, BASF was even awarded Flanders’ Investment & Trade’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Trophy in 2017. Ever since its early years, the German chemical company has endeavored to strike a balance between economic, ecological and societal needs in Antwerp.
The products created at BASF Antwerp are utilized in virtually all manufacturing industries, including automotive, construction, textile, food and pharmaceuticals, as well as in the production of paper, leather goods and sports equipment.