August 2012

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Rubber Journal Asia

E-Magazine for the Rubber Industry
Rubber industry on a fast track

THROUGH upstream R&D activities, Malaysia’s rubber industry will continue to expand its production with a target of reaching an output of 2 million tonnes of natural rubber and contributing RM52.9 billion to the country’s coffers by 2020. The introduction of an automatic rubber tapping system, roll out of mobile service applications and rubber yield programmes are all expected to help upgrade the sector, said Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) Director-General Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad, in an interview with PRA recently.

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Electronic Issue

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BASF expands PolyTHF capacity

Investing EUR60 million, German firm BASF has increased its global capacity for chemical intermediate PolyTHF (polytetra-methylene ether glycol – PTMEG) from 185,000 tonnes to 250,000 tonnes. In the plastics sector, PolyTHF is used as a chemical building block for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU).

The company has continuously developed and expanded its production processes. BASF also took measures to modernise and enhance the efficiency of its plants and ensured the supply of the raw materials it needs to manufacture PolyTHF.

BASF started up its first plant manufacturing PolyTHF at its integrated Verbund site in Ludwigshafen in 1983 and says that today, it is the world’s most important and the only global supplier of PolyTHF and supports its customers’ growth in all regions with local manufacturing capabilities at its sites in the US, Germany, South Korea and China.