German chemical firm opens new acrylic plant in South Africa

BASF has launched its first acrylic dispersions production plant at Umbogintwini Industrial Complex, Durban, South Africa.

The new production facility will cater to customers in the South African and Sub-Saharan African coatings and construction industry, with technologically advanced acrylic dispersions.

BASF Europe, Middle East and Africa business president Jacques Delmoitiez said; "With this new facility, we are well positioned to support our customers' growth in South Africa and its neighboring countries providing BASF's high quality, premium service and reliable supply."

BASF dispersions for Adhesives and Construction Europe senior vice president Christoph Hansen said the company saw South Africa as an attractive emerging market.

"By investing into local production of our high-tech acrylic dispersions we can serve our customers in Sub Saharan Africa even more effectively and flexibly," Hansen said.

The investment is part of BASF plan to participate in the emerging African markets, according to the company.

BASF has been operating in Africa past 90 years and has more than 1000 employees working on the continent.