BASF is increasing its production capacity for copolymers of vinyl chloride to 12 000 t/a at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, site. The company will invest 6 million Euro to increase this capacity in response to increasing demand for special coating systems.
BASF markets its vinyl chloride copolymers under the Laroflex trademark. Vinyl chloride copolymers are employed as binders in solvent-based coatings applied to iron, steel, non-ferrous metals, plastics, mineral substrates like concrete as well as for solventbased printing inks and marking paints. Their most important applications are in anti-corrosion coatings such as shipbuilding and in packaging printing.