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BASF has announced it will invest in a world-scale production site for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers (SAP) in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil. It will be the first acrylic acid and super-absorbents plant in South America. With an investment volume of more than €500M, it is the largest investment in BASF’s century-long history in South America.
In addition, BASF will start to produce 2-ethyl-hexyl acrylate, an important raw material for the adhesives and special coatings industries, in its existing chemical complex in Guaratinguetá, São Paulo. This will be the first plant for this product in South America.
With the new acrylic acid complex, BASF aims to ensure the supply for products such as: superabsorbents for nappies, acrylic resins for coatings, textiles and adhesives and products for civil construction.