BASF is expanding its mobile emissions catalysts production
capacity in Chennai, India, the company said on Thursday.
of a new 47,000
square meter facility will begin in December 2013, enhancing
the companys existing emissions catalysts operation in
Chennai with new production lines and manufacturing
Start-up is planned in the first quarter of 2015.
completion, a total of
nine manufacturing lines will be housed in the new operating
site, producing light duty, heavy duty and motorcycle
emissions control catalysts to meet growing market demand and
needs. Once operating
at full capacity, the site is expected to employ
approximately 300 people.
The pending expansion of Bharat Stage IV¹ (Euro IV
equivalent) emissions control regulations in India
combined with overall
vehicle production growth will drive a significant increase
in demand for our advanced emissions control solutions,
said Anup Kothari, vice president of BASF's mobile emissions
catalysts business in the Asia-Pacific region.
BASF is investing to more than double our manufacturing
capacity in India
to help customers meet these
emerging needs. At the same time, this expansion project
will allow us to establish
Chennai as our regional production hub to serve the
fast-growing motorcycle manufacturing markets in India and
activity in Chennai will
provide the necessary equipment and infrastructure to address
pathways developed with
customers for BS IV compliant applications. In addition to
existing catalysts technologies such as the TWC (three-way
catalyst), DOC (diesel oxidation catalyst) and CSF (catalyzed
soot filter), the advanced SCR (selective catalytic
system will also be
locally manufactured, ensuring world-class heavy duty diesel
production capabilities in the region.
BASF is committed to driving forward innovative and
sustainable solutions to the environmental challenges facing
our society, said Dr. Raman Ramachandran, BASF chairman
for India and head of South Asia.
In the past, BASF has successfully delivered advanced
emissions control catalysts for cars, trucks and motorcycles
to customers in India
and throughout South Asia.
The expansion project
further demonstrates our
strong commitment to achieving ambitious growth in the
region, and our focus on delivering effective solutions to
leading OEMs to prepare them for future challenges.