More capacity for key elastomer raw material


BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has increased its global annual capacity for the production of the chemical intermediate PolyTHF (chemical name: polytetra-methylene ether glycol (PTMEG)) from 185,000 metric tons to 250,000 metric tons. The material is a key input for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) used to make hoses, films and cable sheathing.

Other applications include thermoplastic polyetheresters, polyetheramides, cast elastomers for the production of wheels for skateboards and inline skates, while the main application is as a raw material to manufacture elastic spandex fibers for a large variety of textiles, including underwear, outerwear, sportswear and swimsuits.
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