Korla, Xinjiang – Markor Meiou, a joint venture between BASF and China’s Markor Chemical Industry, is to start operation of its 100kT/year BDO facility in Korla, Xinjiang during the remainder of January 2016.
This is the first time the global giant puts together a joint venture in the chemical sector with a non-state-owned Chinese company, said a program by local news channel Xinjiang Television Station on 19 January.
The BASF/Markor joint venture, along with another one containing 50kT/year PTMEG facility, was set up in 2013 as UTECH-polyurethane.com reported at the time. The PTMEG plant is slated to begin production in April 2016.
Markor currently has 160kT/year BDO capacity at the same site, Markor Chemical Industrial Park, which will become China’s largest BDO manufacturing site with the new capacity.
“[The BDO product] can provide abundant textile feedstock to Korla as well as the whole Southern Xinjiang region,” said Markor Chemical Industry’s general manager Lu Zhengping in the TV program.