BASF increases pigment production
The color-intensive and extremely lightfast and weatherproof DPP pigments, which are marketed by BASF under the product name Irgazin, are - among other applications - used for automotive, industrial and powder coatings, paints and inks as well as for plastic applications. By expanding its capacities in Nanjing, BASF has responded to the ever-increasing demand for high-performance pigments, particularly in Asia-Pacific.
"DPP pigments are a high-quality alternative to lead-chromate-based pigments that are increasingly being regulated all over the world. With these innovative products, we help our customers develop more sustainable solutions," explains Jeff Knight, Senior Vice President of the business unit Dispersions & Pigments Asia-Pacific.
In its plant in Nanjing, which commenced operation in 2013, BASF has, in the meantime, started producing various DPP pigments, above all for the Asian market. With its comprehensive production network for DPP pigments, which includes sites in all regions, the company is in a position to rapidly and reliably supply high-quality pigments all over the world that comply with standardized specifications.
On its Ludwigshafen site, BASF is going to expand the capacities for the production of alpha blue pigments which will be available from fall 2016 onwards. The reddish copper phthalocyanine pigments which - in addition to other blue and green pigments that are based on the same chemistry - are sold by BASF under the Heliogen brand, are characterized by their excellent fastness properties. In addition, alpha blue pigments stand out due to their versatile applicability that includes plastic coloring, printing applications as well as industrial and automotive coatings and paints.
"While this capacity expansion is our response to the growing demand in the market, it also increases our delivery reliability," says Dr. Alexander Haunschild, Senior Vice President of the business unit Pigments & Resins Europe. "Taking into account the latest trends in color, we expect that customer demand for alpha blue pigments is going to continue to increase significantly."