German chemicals company BASF SE has started up a new production line for its high-temperature resistant thermoplastic Ultrason in Yeosu, Korea.
The new line will add 6 kilotonnes per annum to BASF’s polyarylsulfone production capacity, and will aim to serve the fast growing Asian market, said BASF 11 April.
The company’s total production capacity for the high-performance thermoplastic is now 24 ktpa globally.
The German supplier said the expansion will serve the automotive, electronics and water filtration industries.
The Yeosu plant was opened in 2014 as the first BASF plant in Asia to produce Ultrason, which is the tradename for BASF’s product range of polyethersulfone (Ultrason E), polysulfone (Ultrason S), and polyphenylsulfone (Ultrason P).
BASF produces Ultrason in Ludwigshafen, Germany and in Yeosu, Korea.
The product is widely used in the electronics, automotive and aerospace industries for the production of heat-resistant, lightweight components.
The thermoplastic can withstand temperatures up to 220°C without altering its properties, and possesses high chemical stability.