07 December 2011 19:01 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--BASF will invest $20m (€15m) over the next 18 months to upgrade and expand its activated alumina adsorbents plant at ?xml:namespace>
BASF said it would transfer production from a smaller adsorbents plant at Port Allen,
At Port Allen, where BASF employs about 20 people, production is expected to be discontinued in 2013.
Joseph Jones, a spokesman at BASF’s North America headquarters in
Rather, about eight to ten new jobs would be created at Vidalia, Jones said.
Meanwhile, BASF will work over the next 18 months to transfer staff from Port Allen to Vidalia, where the company currently employs about 50 people. Alternatively, BASF may transfer some staff to its nearby petrochemicals site at
Gary Hutchison, BASF’s site manager for both Port Allen and Vidalia, said the company had set up a detailed project plan to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for customers and employees.
Hans-Peter Neumann, BASF senior vice president of process catalysts and technologies, added: “We will make substantial improvements to our manufacturing infrastructure in Vidalia to optimise our production efficiencies and position BASF to cost-effectively meet increasing demand for our high-quality adsorbent products.”
Capacity details were not disclosed.
The company’s activated alumina adsorbents are used in catalysts, hydrogen peroxide production, chloride and fluoride removal, as well as petrochemical purification, air drying and other processes.
The company significantly expanded it presence in the catalysts market following its acquisition of
($1 = €0.75)
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