BASF is strengthening its value chain for chelating agents in Ludwigshafen, Germany, with an investment in the double-digit millions in production plant and further development of the product portfolio. The latest investment follows a significant expansion of the company's capacities in Theodore, Alabama, USA and Ludwigshafen with a triple-digit million investment in 2015 and 2016.
“With this commitment, we support the growth of our customers and further consolidate our position as one of the leading suppliers of chelating agents in Europe. In addition, the further development of our product portfolio helps to meet the rising demand for sustainable and efficient concepts for our customers. For example, we are working continuously to develop advanced and high-performance applications for the detergent industry,” said Sören Hildebrandt, Senior Vice President, Home Care, I&I and Industrial Solutions Europe at BASF.
BASF identified the trend for sustainable solutions in global markets for chelating agents at an early stage. With the development of the chelating agent Trilon® M (methyl glycine diacetic acid), the company entered the market with a sustainable alternative to phosphate and phosphonate, which contribute to the eutrophication of aquatic habitats. The use of phosphate and phosphonate in dishwasher detergents has been banned since 2010 in various US states. Legislation restricting their use came into effect in Europe on January 1, 2017.