One type of derivative that will be produced (tensides) is used in detergents, shower gels and shampoos. Another derivative (methyltriglycol) serves as the basis of high-performance brake fluids for which demand is growing both in Europe and Asia.
“This is due to increasing production of cars with cruise and distance control,” explains BASF Antwerp spokesperson Fanny Hendricks. “We already produce brake fluids, but cruise control requires a different kind of brake fluid.” The investment will enable BASF to produce an additional 400,000 tons of ethylene oxide and derivatives. By way of comparison: in Antwerp and at BASF' homebase at Ludwigshafen, production capacity currently amounts to 845,000 tons per year.