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Alkylene oxides are highly reactive chemical compounds which we produce under carefully controlled conditions in our world-scale plants.
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are able to guarantee the highest safety standards and exceptional quality.
When controlled impulsive reactions lead to excellence, it’s because at BASF, we create chemistry.
BASF continuously optimizes and invests in developing its technology and engineering. In this way, BASF ensures its plants operate efficiently, safely and reliably while offering consistently high product quality within each specification.
BASF is one of the few major companies worldwide that is completely integrated in the ethylene and propylene oxide value chain. BASF produces both ethylene and propylene – the starting materials for EO and PO – as well as all of the important direct derivates. Thanks to its size and Verbund structure, BASF is able to offer an extensive product portfolio of alkylene oxides and glycols.
BASF is one of the few major companies worldwide that is completely integrated in the ethylene and propylene oxide value chain. BASF produces both ethylene and propylene – the starting material for EO an PO – as well as all of the important direct derivates.
Alkylene oxides, especially the two main products ethylene oxide and propylene oxide, are highly reactive compounds that are produced by direct or indirect oxidization of olefins from the steam cracker. Both compounds are very reactive, easily flammable and are processed into glycols using hydrolysis (reaction with water).
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Glycols are basic materials used in a wide variety of products. Monoethylene glycol (MEG), for example, is a key raw material for the well-known BASF engine coolant Glysantin®. BASF' s customers also need MEG to manufacture functional sports and casual wear from polyester fibers or to produce polyester resins. Most consumers are familiar with lightweight PET bottles - here too, MEG is one of the main components.
Thanks to their specific properties, propylene glycols (PG) can be found in a very wide range of applications. For example, they are used in technical applications as heat-transfer fluids or antifreeze agents, as components for manufacturing fire-resistant brake and hydraulic fluids and as a raw material for airplane de-icing agents.
For more stringent requirements, such as those in the cosmetics industry, 1,2-Propylene Glycol USP can be produced in high-purity odorless quality. This opens up other fields of applications in the food and feed industry, the aroma and fragrancechemicals sector and the pharmaceutical industry.