BASF adds L-menthol to product range

World's largest plant expected to go on stream in Ludwigshafen in 2012

03-Jun-2010 - Germany
BASF is constructing a new production plant for the aroma chemical L-menthol at the company's Ludwigshafen site. The new plant is expected to come on stream in 2012. L-Menthol is another important addition to BASF's citral value chain. The investment will create 35 new jobs in Ludwigshafen. "As the world's top-selling aroma chemical in tons, L-menthol is an ideal addition to our product range in a strong growth market. The move consolidates our position as a leading aroma chemicals supplier," commented Gabriel Tanbourgi, head of the Care Chemicals division. "BASF developed and patented the L-menthol production method itself. It enables us to supply an extremely pure product of superior quality." L-menthol is an ingredient in numerous dental care, flavoring and pharmaceutical industry products. It is used for instance to give toothpastes and mouthwashes a refreshing taste and for peppermint flavored candy and chewing gum. It is mainly used in the pharmaceutical industry in balms and creams to relieve congestion and ease breathing in colds.

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