BASF will invest 150 million to set up a new chemical
production site at Dahej, located on the west coast of India in
The new site will be an integrated hub for polyurethane
manufacturing and will also house production facilities for care chemicals and
polymer dispersions for coatings and paper, the company
With this new production site, BASF aims to ensure local supply
for growing markets and industries such as appliances,
footwear, automotive, construction, adhesives,
architectural coatings, paper and personal care, according to
The start of production is planned for 2014. The project will be financed by BASF India Ltd. through internal accruals
With its robust local industries, India is set to
become a pillar of growth in Asia Pacific, said Dr.
Martin Brudermueller, vice chairman of the board of directors
of BASF, responsible for Asia Pacific.
The countrys changing demographic profile and
the resulting need for improved quality of life are driving
increasing market demand, he added. With the new
manufacturing facility, we will be able to serve our customers
better by developing solutions that meet their individual needs
as well as strengthen their competitive advantage.
The Dahej site complements the existing manufacturing
set-up of BASF in India and will support and contribute to the
growth of the Indian chemical industry, said Prasad
Chandran, chairman and managing director of BASF India Ltd.
The location offers excellent investment conditions
and a favorable business environment due to the proximity to
raw materials as well as customers, Mr. Chandran added.
With this new project, we expect to grow our
businesses in the important northern and western regions of
The site will employ more than 250 people at full capacity,
primarily in operations. With shared infrastructure and
production systems, the site will also provide resource
efficient BASF technologies for the conservation of energy and
The sites advanced design takes advantage of the
latest technologies from BASF facilities around the world and
ensures safe and responsible operations, the company says.
The integrated polyurethane facility will produce
Elastollan TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane),
Cellasto NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) parts
and polyurethane systems, which is supported by new production
facilities for important precursors,
comprising polyetherols and polyesterols plants as well as an
The care chemicals facility at the Dahej site will produce
surfactants largely for home and personal care, according to
These surfactants will also add value to formulation technology applications including
agrochemicals, textiles and emulsion polymerisation.
The Dahej site adds to BASFs production footprint in
one of the fastest-growing emerging markets, the company
The polymer dispersions facility at the site will produce
Acronal and Styrofan, key ingredients for
architectural coatings, adhesives, and construction, Styronal and
Basonal for paper coating and Basoplast for
The plant will predominantly serve customers located in the
northern and western parts of India. BASF currently produces
dispersions at an existing plant in Mangalore.