BSAF to expand production of N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-pyrrolidone and N-octyl-2-pyrrolidone from operations in Geismar, Louisiana, beginning in H2 2022; expansion supports customers expanding in ink, automotive, agricultural markets

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FLORHAM PARK, New jersey and GEISMAR, Louisiana , August 4, 2022 (press release) –

  • Versatile chemical intermediates N-(2-Hydroxyethyl)-2-Pyrrolidone (HEP) and N-Octyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NOP) available in the second half of 2022 in Geismar
  • Growing demand of digital inks, coatings, automotive, agricultural products

BASF has announced it will produce more N-(2-Hydroxyethyl)-2-Pyrrolidone (HEP) and N-Octyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NOP) at its Geismar, Louisiana, Verbund site. The production is anticipated to be on-stream in the second half of 2022 and will ensure a global supply of HEP and NOP.

"Our customers want to continue to grow in the ink, automotive and agricultural markets and will need increasing quantities for the foreseeable future,” said Erika Peterman, Senior Vice President, Chemical Intermediates, North America. “We can accompany these growth plans thanks to our double-digit-million-dollar investment by BASF in Geismar.”

“It became clear that our facility in Geismar would make a perfect fit for increased production of HEP and NOP in the region,” explained Stefanie Demming, Vice President, Operations & Technology, Chemical Intermediates, North America. “We are pleased to take on a global supply role in North America.”

N-(2-Hydroxyethyl)-2-Pyrrolidone (HEP) is a versatile chemical intermediate. It proves essential as (co)-solvent for the production of crop protection agents, electronic, coating and inkjet formulations.

N-Octyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NOP) is a versatile chemical intermediate used particularly as a solvent and low-foaming surfactant. Among other things, NOP is used as a solvent in the production of crop protection active ingredients, it is also used as a wetting agent in dishwashing detergents as well as various automotive applications.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the US affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,700 employees in North America and had sales of $25.9 billion in 2021. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at

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