BASF to build new chemical production site in India


BASF India is planning to invest €150m to build a new chemical production site at the Dahej Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) in Gujarat, India.

BASF India chairman and managing director Prasad Chandran said the Dahej site complements the existing manufacturing set-up of the company in India, and will support and contribute to the growth of the Indian chemical industry.

"With this new project, we expect to grow our businesses in the important northern and western regions of India," Chandran added.

The proposed site will manufacture polyurethanes such as Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane, Polyurethane Systems and Cellasto noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) parts.

The site will also include a care chemicals facility which will produce surfactants for home, personal care, agrochemicals, and the textiles industries, as well as polymer dispersions facility which will produce Acronal, Styrofan, Styronal, Basonal and Basoplast for paper coating and sizing industries.

With shared infrastructure and production systems, the site will also provide resource efficient BASF technologies for the conservation of energy and water.

The plant is expected to start production in 2014.

BASF India manufactures leather chemicals, tanning agents, crop protection chemicals, textile chemicals, specialty chemicals, performance plastics and construction chemicals.


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