BASF expands production of biodiesel catalyst in Brazil

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German chemical producer BASF has announced plans to increase production capacity at its sodium methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil.

Sodium methylate is used as a catalyst in the production and use of biodiesel, supporting higher yields and lower preparation costs.

Capacity at the plant will increase by 30%, according to BASF, from 60,000 metric tons to 80,000 metric tons. The additional capacity is expected to be available from 2020.

“We will invest to join our customers in their fast growth and to support their future requirements,” said Alejandro Heine, vice-president of BASF Industrial Chemicals South America. “This will reinforce our commitment to serve them by providing a local and reliable supply of sodium methylate.”

BASF’s site in Guaratinguetá, Brazil is located close to leading Brazilian biodiesel producers, as well as the Port of Santos, enabling easy export to and from the region.