BASF to raise capacity for dimethylaminopropylamine

BASF keeps pace with worldwide growth of its customers

Ludwigshafen, (PresseBox) - BASF will gradually add 10,000 metric tons to its global annual production capacity for dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) by the end of 2008. The company makes DMAPA at its sites in Ludwigshafen (Germany) and Geismar (USA). Dr. Beate Ehle, President of BASF's Intermediates division, said: "As one of the world's major DMAPA suppliers we will, as always, keep pace with our customers' profitable growth in the future."

BASF produces the main raw materials required to make DMAPA in-house and thus offers its customers high reliability of supply and consistently high product quality. DMAPA is mostly processed into special surfactants, which are starting materials for personal care products. The effect of DMAPA: these products do not sting or hurt the eyes, make a nice, fine-bubble foam, and are readily compatible with other shampoo additives. DMAPA has recently been introduced to the field of gas-production too: it helps to produce more of that valuable natural resource from gas wells already depleted by conventional means. Further benefit of DMAPA: It is biodegradable.

The BASF Group's Intermediates division develops, produces and markets the world's largest range of intermediates containing more than 600 products. The most important of the division's product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001:2000-certified Intermediates division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In 2007, the division generated world sales of above 2.5 billion euros with 2,600 employees. For more information, go to www.basf.de/intermediates.

BASF AG

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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