BASF announced the start-up last week of a new specialty amines plant in Nanjing, China. The facility will make dimethylaminopropylamines primarily for personal care applications, but they are also used in the production of lubricant additives.
Officials said the plant will shorten delivery times for the companys growing customer base in the region.
This new production plant improves our flexibility to better and quicker serve our customers by ensuring a stable supply in the Asia-Pacific region, and at the same time strengthens our global network with regional manufacturing footprint here, said Narayan Krishnamohan, senior vice president, BASF Intermediates Asia-Pacific.
DMPAs are used in the production of surfactant and rust inhibitor additives for lubricants. BASF said the DMPAs made in Nanjing are primarily used to produce betaines used as co-surfactants in personal care products like shampoo and body wash. Other applications include dye intermediates, electroplating and coupling agents for rubber.
The plant also makes polyetheramines, intermediates used in the production of epoxy curing agents.