BASF New Innovation Campus, Mumbai, India
Germany-based BASF broke ground on its new Innovation Campus in Navi Mumbai, India, in 2014.
It will be the company's third research and development (R&D) centre in the Asia Pacific region and is expected to become a key hub of its global R&D network.
BASF will invest approximately €50m ($62m) in the project through BASF Chemicals India, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. The main objective behind the new investment is supporting BASF's aim to generate €30bn ($35bn) of sales worldwide in 2020 through effective and efficient R&D.
The campus will accommodate 300 scientists who will work on R&D projects in a variety of research areas, such as polymer research, process development and crop protection.
Innovative Campus facilities
BASF's new Innovation Campus in Mumbai will be spread over a 20,000m² site and will include laboratories, technical facilities, logistics areas, an employee amenities area, an auditorium and a canteen.
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The campus will feature different types of laboratories, including organic synthesis labs, application labs and process and analytical labs. Based on research requirements, the individual or smaller lab units can be flexibly aligned to form larger lab areas.
Labs will be equipped with modern and advanced facilities to conduct research on chemistry, synthesise new active ingredients, optimise chemical processes, find new applications and technical processes, and analyse chemical structures.
The facility will offer interactive spaces, such as communication zones, video conference facilities, open spaces and an Innovation Plaza to encourage communication and collaboration between researchers from different teams. It will follow an open office concept and offer flexibility to accommodate future developments.
BASF's major research platforms include bioscience research, advanced materials and systems research, process research and chemical engineering.
Development activities will serve different BASF businesses, including performance chemicals, care chemicals, pigments and dispersions. R&D enables exchange of ideas about the latest technologies and methods, ensures access to state-of-the-art equipment and creates synergies.
The Innovation Campus will employ the best international scientists from India and other countries who will work together to foster development R&D in the key areas of chemicals.
BASF's new innovation campus will include multiple sustainable features and is designed to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as plastic waste. Energy efficient features will include a secondary façade to shade the building, a reflective roof, water chillers for air conditioning, a power saving HVAC system, water recycling and photovoltaic panels to generate solar power.
The building will also feature a glass-roofed atrium, which directs natural daylight to the core building.
Water dispensers will be used to supply filtered drinking water, avoiding the use of disposable bottles.
BASF awarded the contract to design the Innovation Centre to Venkataramanan Associates, a company based in Bangalore, India.