Chemicals and materials manufacturer BASF revealed plans this week to invest in an expansion of its capacity for Hexamethylenediamine (HMD) and Polyamide 6.6 (PA6.6) in Europe. The firm intends to erect a new 260,000 mt/yr HMD plant in Chalampe, France and expand its existing PA6.6 plant in Freiburg, Germany
“With this new HMD plant in Chalampe and the expansion of the polymerization in Freiburg, BASF ensures that customers can be reliably supplied with HMD and PA6.6, while also addressing increasing demand in the market,” Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva, president of BASF’s Monomers division, said in a release issued Monday.
Production at the new plant in Chalampe is expected to commence in 2024. HMD is used as a precursor in the production of PA6.6 plastics and coating raw materials.
BASF purchased its PA6.6 business from Solvay in 2020.