BASF builds new chelating agent plant
BASF is noting a fast growing global market demand for its innovative chelating agent Trilon®M (methylglycinediacetic acid), a phosphate alternative, and therefore the company will build a new world scale plant at Evonik’s Theodore, Alabama site. The investment amount to around USD 90 million and crate around 20 additional jobs. Production start up is scheduled for the second half of 2015
The investment in Theodore, Alabama, will free up capacity in Ludwigshafen, Germany, to serve the increasing European demand for Trilon®M triggered by the phosphate regulation for consumer automatic dishwashing detergents to be expected in 2017. In the U.S., phosphates were already banned 2010 from consumer automatic dishwashing detergents in 16 states.
BASF’s innovative chelating agent is readily biodegradable, and improves the cleaning effect of detergents and cleaners in home care and industrial and institutional cleaning applications.
BASF brought a new world scale plant expansion for Trilon® M on stream in 2010 in Ludwigshafen. Trilon® M was approved by EPA the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) certification programme in 2011. BASF currently manufactures its chelating agents at its Ludwigshafen site, in Lima, Ohio and in Guaratinguetá. Trilon® M is available worldwide in liquid and various solid forms.