Camaçari, Brazil - June 19, 2015 - BASF today inaugurated its world-scale production complex for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil. With an investment of more than €500 million, the complex has a capacity of 160,000 tons of acrylic acid per year. The three plants at the complex have created 230 direct jobs and 600 indirect jobs in the region.
Superabsorbent polymers are important products in the acrylic acid value chain and are used in the production of baby diapers and other hygiene products. Butyl acrylate, another important derivative of acrylic acid, is used to produce adhesives, construction chemicals and decorative paints.
“BASF is the global leader in the acrylic acid value chain. This major investment will further strengthen our position in the growing South American market,” said Michael Heinz, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and responsible for South America.
In addition to the new Camaçari complex, BASF will convert its butyl acrylate plant at its existing site in Guaratinguetá near São Paulo to produce 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, an important raw material for the adhesive and coatings industries. This will be the first plant of its kind in South America. Production is expected to start in 2016 and will be based on acrylic acid produced in Camaçari.
BASF had sales of over €74 billion in 2014 and around 113,000 employees as of the end of the year.