BASF today inaugurated two new manufacturing plants at its site in Freeport, Texas – a production line for polyamide 6 (nylon) and a plant for superabsorbent polymers (SAP).
"These new facilities are fully integrated into our Verbund structures at the site and further strengthen our
The polyamide production line replaces a facility in
"With this latest step in BASF's consolidation strategy,
The new superabsorbent polymers manufacturing facility is supplied with a key raw material, acrylic acid, from another BASF plant at the
"By integrating SAP production into our Freeport Verbund site, we solidify our competitive position in
Polyamide 6 is primarily used to produce polyamide polymers for engineering plastics that go into the automotive, electric and electronics, furniture and leisure industries. Polyamide 6 polymers are also used to produce fibers for carpets, textiles and industrial applications. Extruded polymers are manufactured for the packaging and cable industry, as well as for monofilament applications.
BASF's superabsorbent polymers are capable of absorbing and retaining many times their weight in water and are best known for their use in disposable diapers. Specialized forms have also been developed for use in a wide range of applications, including packaging materials, cable wrappings, agricultural industry and firefighting.