28 January 2014

BASF to invest $90 million and create 20 additional jobs in Alabama

Florham Park, NJ - 28 January 2014 - BASF will build a new Trilon® M (m ethylglycinediacetic acid) world scale plant at Evonik’s Theodore, Alabama site to meet the growing demand for its innovative chelating agent. The investment will be about $90 million and create around 20 additional jobs. The new production facility is planned to start up in the second half of 2015. 

We continue to see rapid market growth for more eco - friendly cleaning products,” said Gabriel Tanbourgi, President of BASF’s Care Chemicals division. “With the expansion and globalization of our Trilon ® M production capacity we will be able to serve the global demand for Trilon® M and support our customers on their path towards sustainable cleaning solutions .”

The investment in Theodore, Alabama , will free up capacity in Ludwigshafen, Germany, to serve the increasing European demand for Trilon ® M triggered by the phosphate regulation for consumer automatic dishwashing detergents which is expected in 2017. In the United States, phosphates were already banned from consumer automatic dishwashing detergents in 16 states in 2010.

BASF brought a new world scale plant expansion for Trilon® M on stream in Ludwigshafen in 2010. Trilon ®M was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) certification program in 2011. BASF currently manufactures its chelating agents at its Ludwigshafen site, in Lima, Ohio (US), and in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. Trilon® M is available worldwide in liquid and various solid forms.

BASF Care Chemicals division offers a broad range of ingredients for hygiene, personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. The product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients, pigments and UV filters. 

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012. 

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. 

Source: BASF