BASF is expanding its compounding capacities for engineering plastics in Europe from 2017.

The company plans to additionally produce up to 70,000 metric tons per year of its Ultramid and Ultradur glass fiber reinforced polymers at its site in Schwarzheide, Germany, creating around 50 new jobs. BASF’s global compounding capacity for polyamide and polybutylene terephthalate will thus be more than 700,000 metric tons per year.

BASF in Shanghai has also more than doubled its compounding capacities for the two materials and also increased its capacities for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). In Korea a plant for compounding Ultramid and Ultradur started operations in October.

‘With this expansion we strengthen our leading position in engineering plastics in Europe,’ said Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner, head of BASF’s performance materials Europe division. ‘By investing in highly efficient plants we help our customers to meet the increased demands on the materials, e.g. for large-volume and globally manufactured components in the automotive industry.’

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