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2-Ethylhexanoic Acid

2-Ethylhexanoic Acid is a chemical intermediate used in esters for Polyvinylbutyral film plasticizers and synthetic lubricants, in metal salts for paint dryers, in automotive coolants.

2-Ethylhexanoic Acid

2-Ethylhexanoic Acid is a chemical intermediate used as a compound for example in the production of synthetic lubricants as well oil additives. BASF operates a 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid production plant at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

The first of its kind in the ASEAN region and is expected to be commissioned in Q4 2016, with a total annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons.

The term “backward integration” explains the benefits of BASF’s Verbund concept.  By linking one plant with another, products and by-products from one plant could serve as a precursor in other plants.  With backward integration at BASF PETRONAS Chemical Verbund site, we can secure the raw materials i.e. 2-ethylhexenal, for the production of 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid.


  • June 4, 2015 – Pahang Menteri Besar (Chief Minister), Dato’ Sri Diraja Haji Adnan Haji Yaakob, officiated the groundbreaking of a 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid
  • August 17, 2016 – Project Handover ceremony


Market Application

2-Ethylhexanoic Acid  
  • Siccative to accelerate the drying process in paint

  • PVC Stabilizers to prevent heat decomposition

  • PVB film laminated safety glass for automotive; construction applications

  • Basestock to carry HFC (type refrigerant in compressors for refrigerators and air – conditioning

  • Emollients in cosmetics and skincare products for moisturizing effect

  • Pharmaceuticals (Antibiotics APIs)

  • Others including acid chlorides, alkyd resins, catalysts,automotive coolants and etc


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