BASF has started construction of a new production complex at its Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. It comprises plants for acrylic acid pure (AS (pure)), butyl acrylate (BA) and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2-EHA). The complex is expected to be operational by 2025 and will have an annual production capacity of approximately 400,000 metric tons of BA and 100,000 metric tons of 2-EHA. "The groundbreaking is an important milestone for the further expansion of our production capacities in the acrylic value chain in China," said Hartwig Michels, President Petrochemicals at BASF. "These new world-scale plants will allow us to serve the growing demand of the Chinese and Asian markets for acrylic monomers used in various industries such as hygiene or paints and coatings." "By strengthening our presence in key markets where our customers are located, we can support their business growth more efficiently. By fully backward integrating the new acrylic acid complex into the Zhanjiang Verbund site, we provide our regional customers with a reliable supply of high-quality products and short delivery times," said Haibo Tian, vice president, Industrial Petrochemicals Asia Pacific at BASF. Acrylic acid is an important precursor for the production of superabsorbent polymers. Butyl acrylate, an ester of acrylic acid, is used to make adhesives, construction and industrial coatings, among other products. 2-Ethylhexyl acrylate is an important raw material for adhesives and coatings.