Citing unfavorable market conditions, BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd – a 60/40 joint venture
between Germany-based BASF AG and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), Malaysia – has begun
operating its 1,4-butanediol plant in Kuantan, Malaysia, below capacity.
“Both BASF and Petronas are firmly committed to the success of this joint venture,” said John
Fastier, managing director, BASF Petronas. “The ability to react to market conditions in a flexible
and effective way is an important prerogative for this success.”
In related news, BASF Petronas recently entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Toray
Industries Inc., Tokyo, for the manufacture of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) base resin. Toray
BASF PBT Resin Sdn Bhd will build a facility with an annual capacity of 60,000 metric tons in
Kuantan. The plant is expected to be operational by 2006.