BASF Catalysts opens new production facility in India
BASF Catalysts India (BASF Catalysts) has opened its new mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing site in Chennai, India.
The new production plant spans 47,000m² and will replace the existing BASF plant in Chennai.
It is the culmination of a three-year expansion project that has enhanced BASF’s catalyst manufacturing capacity in India.
BASF SE Asia-Pacific board of executive directors member Sanjeev Gandhi said: “Around the Asia-Pacific region, and especially here in India, mobility is ever more important. At the same time, more and more vehicles are being manufactured locally in India.
“To meet the demands of this growth, according to BASF’s Asia Pacific strategy and in support of Make in India and other government initiatives, we are expanding our local production network in the region.”
The company said that its new production plant features latest manufacturing equipment with the ability to produce a complete range of catalyst products, including light-duty, heavy-duty and motorcycle emissions catalysts to serve the growing market demand and customer technology needs.
BASF Mobile Emissions Catalysts senior vice-president Dirk Demuth said: “With the expansion of our manufacturing capacity and capabilities in Chennai, BASF Catalysts is better positioned to respond to the increase in demand for advanced emissions control solutions in India.
“It will also help our customers meet increasingly stringent requirements such as the Indian Government’s decision to advance from BS IV emissions norms to BS VI norms by 2020.
“Furthermore, the new site will produce advanced heavy-duty emissions catalysts, which will allow us to better serve the fast-growing automotive markets in India.”
The new site also produces BASF EMPRO emissions control solutions such as the three-way catalyst (TWC), diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), catalysed soot filter (CSF) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst.
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