BASF on Monday announced plans to build a new
production plant for emulsion polymers at its integrated
"Verbund" site in Freeport, Texas.
The new plant will allow BASF to better serve the coatings, construction, adhesives, and paper
industries by expanding the network of manufacturing locations
and improve the backward integration of raw materials used in
production, according to the company.
The new plant, which is expected to begin production in
mid-2014, will create approximately 25 new jobs at the Freeport
"The new plant strengthens our position as a leading
supplier of emulsions in North America and demonstrates our
commitment to customers in the coatings, construction, adhesives and paper
industries," said Derek Fairclough, senior vice president
for BASF's dispersions and pigments business line in
"This investment further supports our business growth strategy,
especially in architectural coatings, where we are targeting
significant growth with our range of innovative products and
The plant will manufacture acrylic emulsion polymers used
for architectural coatings, construction chemicals, adhesives,
and the paper chemicals industry.
"This investment demonstrates BASF's commitment to the
regional market demand by paper and board manufacturers for
these materials and supports our global strategy to be the
preferred supplier of polymer emulsions for the coated paper
and board markets," said Chuck Schmidt, senior vice president
for BASF's paper chemicals business in North America.
BASF currently operates three emulsion polymer plants in North
America in Monaca, Pennsylvania; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and
Building a plant in Texas broadens the supply network to better
serve customers from a manufacturing location in the
central-southern US, the company said.
BASF is also building new manufacturing facilities for emulsion polymers in
India after opening new plants in
South Africa during September 2012 and in
China during November 2012.
The Verbund concept links production and energy
requirements in an efficient manner, according to the company.
BASF's Freeport site incorporates the concept,
allowing it to maximize the production efficiencies
of acrylic dispersions while helping to protect the environment and surrounding
communities by reducing waste, cutting emissions, and keeping resource
consumption and transportation to a minimum.