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BASF Increasing NPG Prices

BASF to increase prices for select polyalcohols in North and South America

FLORHAM PARK, NJ, May 16, 2022 – Effective June 1, 2022, or as existing contracts permit, BASF will increase prices in North and South America for select polyalcohols.  

Product  Price Increase
Neopentylglycol (NEOL®/NPG)  $0.05/lb$110/mt
1,6 Hexanediol Flake (HDO®)  $0.20/lb$441/mt
1,6 Hexanediol Molten (HDO®)  $0.20/lb$441/mt
Polycaprolactone (Capromer®)  $0.20/lb$441/mt
epsilon-Caprolactone (CLO)  $0.20/lb$441/mt
1,5-Pentanediol (PDO)  $0.20/lb$441/mt

Neopentylglycol (NPG) is a unique polyalcohol offering superior performance in many end-use applications. Due to its high chemical and thermal stability, NPG has proven itself in many applications, especially as a building block for the production of polyester and alkyd resins for various coatings and plastics. An essential field of NPG application is powder coatings, which prove particularly successful in the construction industry as well as in the coating of household appliances. Other areas of application for NPG include the manufacture of lubricants, plasticizers and pharmaceuticals: It is used as a building block in the synthesis of for example hormones, cardiovascular drugs and painkillers. BASF markets NPG under its NEOL® brand.

Hexanediol (HDO) is used to manufacture industrial coatings including lower volatile organic compound formulations, polyurethanes, adhesives, and cosmetics. HDO also serves as a reactive thinner in the formulation of epoxy systems, which for example are used for the efficient production of rotor blades for modern wind turbines, as well as construction components for automotive lightweight applications.

1,5-Pentanediol (PDO) is used as a linear diol to produce various resin types like polyester and polyurethane (polyester polyol and polycarbonate diol) resins. These resins are used for example in the production of adhesives and sealants. PDO is also used in the production of coatings where PDO contributes to a good balance between hardness and flexibility, adhesion, weatherability and hydrolysis resistance.

Capromer® polycaprolactone is a specialty polyol for high performance polyurethane applications for example thermoplastic elastomers used in technical applications and coatings.

NEOL®, HDO® and Capromer® are registered trademarks of BASF Corporation.