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BASF PETRONAS to boost production of 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid

BASF PETRONAS to boost production of 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid
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BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn Bhd (BPC), a joint venture between BASF and PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), announced plans to expand the annual production capacity of 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid (2-EHA) from 30,000 to 60,000 metric tons by 2024.

โ€œWe are committed to supporting our customersโ€™ growing demand in various 2-EHA downstream applications, such as synthetic lubricants for the white goods industry, and PVB plasticizers for safety glass production in the construction and automotive segments. With the increased capacity, we continue to ensure persistent supply capability in Asia Pacific with the highest standard of product quality,โ€ said Vasilios Galanos, senior vice president, Intermediates Asia Pacific, BASF.

Expansion to capture growth in market demand

โ€œ2-EHA has been an integral part of BPCโ€™s growth and it is timely that the expansion is planned to capture the growing market. The expansion is also in line with PCG’s sustainable growth strategy to expand our portfolio with higher value products. By leveraging the existing integration between BPC and other PCG plants in the Kuantan Verbund site, we are able to maximise our value chain by improving the quality and cost competitiveness of our products and continue delivering innovative solutions to our customers,โ€ said Datuk Sazali Hamzah, managing director and chief executive officer, PETRONAS Chemicals Group.

โ€œThis expansion marks another milestone of the well-established partnership between BASF and PCG. It reinforces our commitment to expand local production to meet our growing customer demand competitively. Additionally, it caters to a rising trend on high quality products combined with production efficiency that is well integrated into the sustainability targets of our parent companies,โ€ adds Marko Murtonen, managing director, BASF PETRONAS Chemicals.

2-EHA is a chemical intermediate used as a compound in the production of synthetic lubricants, as well as lubricant additives. It is also used in functional fluids like automotive coolants, metal salts for paint dryers, plasticizers, stabilizers, catalysts and other applications in various industries. 

Apart from the production site in Kuantan, Malaysia, BASF produces 2-EHA at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.