Mining and Heavy Industries

Rema Tip Top rubberises more than 100 tank containers

Rema Tip Top has installed interior lining work on 105 stainless steel containers for hydrochloric acid manufacturer BASF.

Rema Tip Top has installed interior linings on 105 stainless steel containers for hydrochloric acid manufacturer BASF.

Hydrochloric acid is used in the construction and chemical industries, as well as the mining industry to process ores.

BASF aimed to modernise its transport strategy through lightweight containers, which are mobile, stackable, and resistant to any kind of corrosion thanks to their rubber coating.

In the future, these containers will be used to transport hydrochloric acid and other chemicals autonomously by road and rail from BASF’s Ludwigshafen site to their destination for further processing.

Previously, it would take around three to four working days to load a tank car with hydrochloric acid. This was because each car must be uncoupled by hand and taken to its parking place.

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The flexible container solution allows tanks to be easily transported by rail and road and can be stacked for storage, independently of the chassis.

Rema Tip Top’s CHEMOLINE 70 serves as the inner lining for the new tank containers.

Edgar Herborn, Sales Manager for factory rubber linings at TIP TOP Oberflächenschutz Elbe GmbH, said the new containers are an impressive piece of engineering skill.

“Depending on the concentration, hydrochloric acid can eat away the stainless steel within a few days,” Herborn said.

The previous tank containers were usually made of black steel and had a hard rubber lining. Only soft rubber linings are possible for stainless steel.

“Back in 2014, we lined a hydrochloric acid storage facility for BASF with our CHEMOLINE 70 soft rubber lining,” Herborn said.

“Due to the good experience with the storage facility, BASF also tasked us with rubberising the 105 new containers”.

The project began in November 2019 at the plants in Wittenberg and Warstein. Over the following months, both plants averaged two completed and delivered tanks per week. At this rate, despite COVID-19, the company succeeded in completing one of the subsidiary’s largest orders in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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