BASF to launch metal-based fine chem catalysts production in India

08 October 2012 12:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--BASF will launch a production line for precious metal-based fine chemical catalysts at its manufacturing site in Mangalore, India, the German chemical major said on Monday.

This will be the company’s first manufacturing operation for chemical catalysts in the Asia-Pacific region, said BASF.

BASF currently produces precious metal slurry catalysts at its operating sites in Rome, Italy, and Seneca, South Carolina

Financial details of the project in India were not disclosed.

Start-up of the new chemical catalyst production line in Mangalore is slated in the second quarter of next year, the company added.

“This expansion will allow us to cost-effectively increase our manufacturing footprint and production capacity, leveraging an existing BASF facility to enhance our proximity to customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Hans-Peter Neumann, senior vice president for process catalysts and technologies at BASF’s catalysts division.

BASF produces performance chemicals, dispersions and paper chemicals, automotive coatings, coil coatings and construction chemicals at its manufacturing site in Mangalore.

Catalysts play a key role in the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients, agrochemicals, flavours and fragrances, and nutrition components. Optimum catalyst selection and operation ensures the highest process yields and efficiencies, according to BASF.

By: Pearl Bantillo
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