BASF and Sinopec will expand the capacity of existing propionic acid production with an additional 30,000 mt annually at their Verbund site, BASF-YPC Company Limited, a 50-50 joint venture in Nanjing, China.
The expansion will go on stream in 2019 to increase the annual propionic acid production to 69,000 mt in Nanjing, China.
Propionic acid keeps feedgrain fresh for a long time because it prevents molding. Feedgrain preservation based on propionic acid offers clear economic and ecological benefits over other methods, as an eco-efficiency analysis confirms.
This study shows that using this acid to preserve feedgrain is much more eco-efficient than feedgrain preservation by means of drying or storage in air-tight silos.
Propionic acid is also widely used in production of pharmaceuticals, crop protection agents, solvents and thermoplastics.
“The expansion is driven by growing demand for food and feed grain preservation due to population increase and enhanced living standards in Asian countries, particularly in China and India,” said Narayan Krishnamohan, senior VP, BASF Intermediates Asia Pacific.
“The greater use of preservation is a result of growing meat demand which requires longer shelf life and improvements in animal feed safety and hygiene.”
“This expansion enables us to provide crucial intermediate chemicals to the market while contributing to a sustainable future with less feed or food waste.”