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BASF realigns caprolactam production in Europe
BASF is realigning its caprolactam production in Europe and will gradually reduce capacity by 100'000 metric tons to 400'000 metric tons over the next 18 months.
In Ludwigshafen,Germany, parts of the caprolactam production as well as plants producing the precursors anolone and oleum will be closed. Caprolactam is the starting material for the plastic polyamide 6. BASF’s polyamide 6 value chain is integrated in the Verbund and ranges from precursors such as ammonia to engineering plastics used, for example, in the growing automotive and electrical industries market. The aim of this measure is to further strengthen BASF’s polyamide 6 value chain in a difficult market environment. “The realigned production structure will further enhance our competitiveness,” said Joachim Queisser, head of the European business unit Polyamides and Precursors at BASF. “At the same time, it gives us greater flexibility in managing our capacities. As a result, we can respond even better to changing market conditions.” The measures will affect around 80 employees in Ludwigshafen, all of whom will be offered new jobs at the site.