International. Production is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022 and will ensure a global supply of both versatile chemical intermediates.
The century-old dye producer, BASF, plans to produce more N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-pyrrolidone (HEP) and N-octyl-2-pyrrolidone (NOP) at its Verbund headquarters in Geismar, Louisiana, United States.
N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-pyrrolidone (HEP) is a versatile chemical intermediate. It is essential as a co-solvent for the production of crop protection agents, electronic, coating and inkjet formulations.
N-octyl-2-pyrrolidone (NOP) is a versatile intermediate chemical that is especially used as a solvent and surfactant for low foaming.
Among other things, NOP is used as a solvent in the production of active ingredients for crop protection. It is also used as a wetting agent in dishwasher detergents, as well as in various automotive applications.
"Our customers want to continue to grow in the ink, automotive and agricultural markets and will need ever larger quantities for the foreseeable future," said Erika Peterman, senior vice president of North American chemical intermediates at the multinational chemicals company.
"We can support these growth plans thanks to basf's double-digit, million-dollar investment in Geismar," he said.
Stefanie Demming, Vice President of Operations and Technology, Chemical Intermediates for North America, said: "It became clear that our facility in Geismar would fit perfectly with increased PRODUCTION of HEP and NOP in the region."
"We are pleased to take on a global supply role in North America," he said.