BASF opens new chemical catalysts production plant in China
BASF has opened its first Asian manufacturing facility for chemical catalysts in Caojing, Shanghai, China.
Located at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), the new automated and energy-efficient plant will supply base metal catalysts and absorbents in China and around the Asia-Pacific region.
The firm expects the move to help it boost relationships in the chemical industry and improve customer service with enhanced product availability and decreased lead times.
BASF Process Catalysts senior vice-president Detlef Ruff said: "The start of our new, world-scale production plant for chemical catalysts in Shanghai represents a milestone for our process catalysts business.
"In combination with the BASF Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Shanghai, we can now offer our customers regional specific development and production of the latest catalyst technologies.
"The plant also offers potential for additional expansion as well as flexibility to adapt to new customer production requirements in the years to come."
As of the end of last year, BASF and its partners have invested CNY19.7bn ($2.97bn) in the new manufacturing plant, which will use advanced production technologies and sustainable solutions.
The catalysts and adsorbents manufactured at the facility can be used for the production of fatty alcohols, styrene and butanediol with various applications, including removal of impurities from product streams.
BASF’s Process Catalyst R&D Centre located in its Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Pudong will support the new site.
Image: BASF’s new world-scale chemical catalysts manufacturing plant in Caojing, Shanghai. Photo: © BASF SE.