ISELIN, NJ - BASF's Catalyst division has entered into an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Chemiewerk Bad Köstritz GmbH (CWK), Germany, to market molecular sieve products targeted at the natural gas, refining, petrochemical and air drying markets. Molecular sieves are crystalline aluminosilicates with a regular micropore structure, used as an adsorbent for liquids and gases.
BASF will manage the business through its Adsorbents group, which is part of the Process Catalysts and Technologies business. The molecular sieves associated with this agreement are complementary to BASF's existing adsorbent product portfolio, which includes proprietary aluminas; specialty alumino-silica gels, such as Sorbead® and KC-Trockenperlen®; petrochemical purification products, such as Selexsorb® and PuriStar®; and bentonites, such as F-24 and NovaSil(TM).
BASF 3A, 4A, 5A and 13X molecular sieves are commonly used for applications, such as drying gases and liquids; cleaning technical gases, petrochemical and natural gases; and oxygen production.
"The addition of molecular sieves to the portfolio makes the BASF adsorbent product suite the most comprehensive in the industry, allowing us to offer our customers the best adsorbent technology for their particular needs," said Craig Ostroff, Global Business Director, Adsorbents for BASF's Catalysts division.
As part of this OEM arrangement, BASF will assume full responsibility for sales, distribution and technical support of the molecular sieve products.
"CWK is absolutely the right partner for us with respect to molecular sieves," said Bjorn Welander, Global Business Manager, Adsorbents for BASF's Catalysts division. "The relationship allows us to offer a full portfolio of molecular sieves while also leveraging CWK's technical know-how to meet specific customer demands in all areas of our business."
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About BASF's Catalysts division
BASF's Catalysts division is the world's leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals, BASF's Catalysts division develops unique, proprietary catalyst and adsorbent solutions that drive customer success.
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than 50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
Chemiewerk Bad Köstritz GmbH is a private, medium-sized manufacturer of chemical specialties. Its range of products includes silicic acids (colloidal silica and micronized silica gels), sulfur compounds and molecular sieves. CWK generates annual sales of more than 40 million with a staff of about 230. Further information is available on the internet at www.cwk-bk.de.