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BASF Invests in DfE Chelating Agent Production

January 29, 2014

New facility to be built at Evonick's Theodore, AL site.

BASF has announced plans to build a new Trilon M (methylglycinediacetic acid) world scale plant at Evonik’s Theodore, AL site. The $90 million investment will create approximately 20 additional jobs. Start up is planned for the second half of 2015.
 
BASF’s chelating agent is readily biodegradable and improves the cleaning effect of detergents and cleaners in home care and industrial and institutional (I&I) cleaning applications. It is emerging as the preferred alternative to phosphates in modern, high-performance, ecological dishwashing detergents, according to BASF.
 
Trilon M  was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) certification program in 2011.
 
“We continue to see rapid market growth for more eco-friendly cleaning products,” said Gabriel Tanbourgi, president of BASF’s Care Chemicals division. "With the expansion and globalization of our Trilon M production capacity we will beable to serve the global demand for Trilon M and support our customers on their path towards sustainable cleaning solutions."
 
According to BASF, the investment in Theodore 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 which is expected in 2017. In the US, phosphates were already banned from consumer automatic dishwashing detergents in 16 states in 2010.
 
BASF brought a new world scale plant expansion for Trilon M on stream in Ludwigshafen in 2010. Trilon M  was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) certification programin 2011.BASF currently manufactures its chelating agents at its Ludwigshafen site, in Lima, Ohio and in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. Trilon M is available worldwide in liquid and various solid forms.

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