BASF completes Trilon production facility

By Simon Pitman

- Last updated on GMT

Chemicals giant BASF says that the completion of a new Tirlon M production facility will form a crucial link to its plan to become the world’s biggest producer of this type of complexing agent.

The company says that Trilon M is already one of the world’s leading complexing agents, but the completion of the new world-scale plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany in 2010 will build further on that position.

Construction of the production facility began in the current financial quarter and when it is completed it should have a production capacity of 120,000 tonnes a year.

Facility meets rising demand

The company says that it is constructing the facility to meet demands for the ingredient, which goes under the chemical name of methylglycinediacetic acid (MGDA) and is also widely used in detergents and cleaning agents.

Trilon M is a sub brand of the Trilon brand. It comes in granules, liquid and powder form and the company says that as well as having an outstanding performance profile, it is also fulfills the increasing desire to use chemcals that are eco-friendly.

The company says this eco-friendly claim has been backed up by extensive long-term studies, which means that hazard labeling is not required and it is also certified by the German Technical Control Board (TUV).

Sustainable economic development

"By expanding its capacity for this complexing agent, produced exclusively by BASF, the company is helping customers to achieve sustainable economic development,“​ said BASF director Dr. Thoman Greindl, who represents the company’s Care Chemicals and Formulations dividision in Europe.

The company also says that the as a chelating agent, Trilon M offers a good price/performance ratio as well a product for replacing phosphates for a variety of products manufacturered by personal care players worldwide.

In the cosmetics industry complexing agents such as methylglycinediacetic are used to stabilize a variety of personal care products, but most commonly in creams, shampoos and conditioners.

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