BASF produces the first volumes of butanediol from renewable raw material
German chemical giant BASF has produced its first commercial volumes of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable raw material, and is offering this product to customers for testing and commercial use
The production process is based upon a patented fermentation technology from Genomatica, based in California (USA). The fermentation process uses dextrose as a renewable feedstock. The resulting quality of BDO is comparable to petrochemical based BDO. BASF plans to expand its portfolio with selected BDO derivatives based on renewable feedstock, including Polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF®).
BDO and its derivatives are used for producing plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibres for the packaging, automotive, textile, and sports and leisure industries, among others.
The starting materials for the production of conventional BDO are natural gas, butane, butadiene and propylene.
BASF currently produces BDO and BDO equivalents at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Geismar, Louisiana (USA), Chiba, Japan, Kuantan, Malaysia and Caojing, China. In July, BASSF announced to increase its global capacities for BDO to 650000 metric t and for PolyTHF to 350000 metric t within two years.
On December 2, 2013 BASF announced selling price increases for butanediol and derivates in Europe, BBDI + EUR 50/mt, Tetrahydrofuran (THF) + EUR 70/mt and PolyTHF® +EUR 70/mt.