BASF to expand US-based SB emulsion polymers facility

BASF is planning to improve production capabilities at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, US, to increase emulsion polymer supplies for the paper, paperboard and carpet industries in North America.

"As part of the expansion, BASF has begun modification and designing for the existing equipments."

The Chattanooga facility, which manufactures styrene butadiene (SB) emulsion polymers, will use swing capacity to produce additional styrene acrylic (SA) emulsion polymers.

As part of the expansion, BASF has begun modification and designing for the existing equipments.

BASF North America paper chemicals senior vice president Chuck Schmidt said: "The investment at the Chattanooga site supports our growth strategy for the BASF Paper Chemicals division in North America and globally, and enhances our position as the leading chemical supplier to the paper and paperboard industry."

The company also expects that the Chattanooga site expansion will strengthen its expanded network of flexible manufacturing locations aided by a backward integration of acrylic-based raw materials and monomers.

BASF North America dispersions and pigments senior vice president Derek Fairclough said the investment depicts the company's focus on the carpet industry and commitment to offer flexible, cost effective solutions for customers.

"By adding acrylic capabilities to the Chattanooga plant, our customers will be able to strengthen both their supply and competitive positions," Fairclough added.

The expanded facility will be fully operational in early 2014, according to BASF.

BASF with the help of plants in Monaca, Chattanooga, US, and Altamira, Mexico, provides North American paper, paperboard and carpet customers with emulsion polymers.