Processing Magazine

BASF opens new plant for oxidized polyethylene waxes

April 11, 2012

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany — BASF has commissioned a new plant for the manufacture of oxidized polyethylene waxes at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

The new plant will improve the availability on oxidized polyethylene waxes now and in the future, for instance in plastics processing.

The low-density polyethylene wax that forms the basis of the oxidized waxes comes directly from the site’s own polymerization plants.

"As well as extending the capacity, we have also invested in modernizing the existing plant for polyethylene waxes," said Dr. Stefan Beckmann, senior vice president Home Care & Formulation Technologies Europe. “Demand for high-quality waxes and oxidized waxes is growing world-wide due to the increased production and processing of plastics," said Dr. Beckmann. “We will be able to satisfy this increasing demand when the new oxidation plant for waxes in Ludwigshafen goes into operation."