BASF inaugurates acrylic acid complex in Brazil

18 August 2015

BASF has inaugurated its world-scale production complex for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil. These are the first plants for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers in South America. The complex has a capacity of 160,000 tons of acrylic acid/yr. The investment of more than €500M is the largest in BASF’s history in South America.
"BASF is the global leader in the acrylic acid value chain. This major investment will further strengthen our position in the growing South American market,” said Michael Heinz, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE and responsible for S America.

Superabsorbent polymers are important products in the acrylic acid value chain and are used in the production hygiene products. Butyl acrylate is used to produce adhesives, construction chemicals and decorative paints.

"This complex will secure national and regional supply of products that are currently imported,” said Ralph Schweens, President of BASF in South America. "In addition, it will positively impact the local economy by encouraging investment and innovation in the region and attracting new companies to the Camaçari industrial area,” he added.

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