BASF Makes Changes to Supply of Attapulgite-Based Additives
BASF has implemented process improvements to provide a reliable and stable supply of its attapulgite offerings, the company said. The enhancements at their site in Quincy, Fla. include expanding of milling and product packaging capabilities for coarse gel, fine gel, and granular materials, as well as improved logistics in shipping the mineral globally, BASF stated.
According to BASF, this initiative is aligned with the increasing demand of attapulgite in BASF’s major markets around the world. The company reported that for the past few years, meeting the increasing demand for attapulgite has been challenging, especially in emerging economies where construction and infrastructure development has been on the rise.
“We have introduced several improvements to site operations, including investments in new packaging equipment, as well as upgrading throughput in our mills. These actions will strengthen our ability to provide a reliable supply of high quality attapulgite-based materials to support the business growth of our customers globally,” said Dr. Claus Dallner, vice president, Global Business Management for Additives, BASF.
BASF said that it has also improved its warehouse management system to allow for ample safety stock to offset seasonal demand spikes. BASF operates its attapulgite mines in this area with the manufacturing facility located approximately 17 miles south of Attapulgus in Quincy, Fla. BASF owns the majority of the 18,000 acres in Florida and Georgia supplying the plant with the product.