BASF, SINOPEC expand production capacity

11 January 2018

BASF and SINOPEC will expand the production capacity of Neopentylglycol (NPG) at the Verbund site, BASF-YPC Co., Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture in Nanjing, China. The plant was established in 2015 with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tons. Following the expansion, the annual capacity will be doubled to 80,000 metric tons.

NPG is a unique polyalcohol offering superior performance in many end-use applications such as powder coatings, textiles and construction due to its high chemical and thermal stability. It is mainly used as a building block in polyester resins for coatings, unsaturated polyester and alkyd resins, lubricants and plasticizers. BASF has NPG production facilities in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Freeport, Texas, United States and Jilin, China.