The German chemicals giant has announced it would increase its global alkyl polyglucosides (APGs) production capacity with two expansions at its sites in Bangpakong, Thailand, and Cincinnati, Ohio. This expansion in two regions in parallel will help BASF to address the increasing demand for bio-based surfactants, and serve customers even faster and with more flexibility, while reducing cross-regional volume flows. The additional capacities are expected to come on stream in 2025.

With this investment, we will solidify our position as a leading supplier of APGs in all relevant industries,” said Mary Kurian, President Care Chemicals. “Both our customers and consumers around the world are aware of the importance of sustainable formulations. At BASF, we are committed to providing sustainable products with strong performance. This expansion will enable the future of bio-based and biodegradable surfactants worldwide by offering diverse applications.

BASF currently produces APGs in Düsseldorf, Germany; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Jinshan, China.

APGs are bio-based and readily biodegradable, mild secondary surfactants, derived from 100 percent natural and renewable feedstocks. Besides their sustainable and superior performance profile, the non-ionic nature of APGs makes the formulation with other surfactants versatile. APGs are widely used in different applications within personal care, home care, industrial and institutional cleaning, industrial formulations and agriculture markets.