BASF India plans to double its capacity for polymer dispersions with a new production line at its site in Dahej, Gujarat. Through the investment, BASF aims to provide a reliable supply of high-quality dispersion solutions to customers in the fast-growing Indian and South Asian markets.
“We see a growing need for our latest generation of innovations, including low-VOC and low-odor dispersions for industries, such as architectural coatings, construction, paper and adhesives. This capacity increase aims to address customers’ needs and support their development in the region,” said Jeff Knight, Senior Vice President, Dispersions and Resins Asia Pacific, BASF.
“This new investment will double the production capacity by early 2021. It will be a driving force to support our customers’ growth in the rapidly growing economies in South Asia,” said Narayan Krishnamohan, Managing Director, BASF India Ltd. and Head, BASF South Asia.
BASF began production of polymer dispersions in Dahej in October 2014, and currently operates one line at the plant. As the largest single investment to date for BASF in India, the site is an integrated hub for polyurethanes manufacturing and houses production facilities for Polymer Dispersions as well as Care Chemicals. BASF also produces dispersions in Mangalore, a strategic production site in the southern part of India.
Apart from South Asia, BASF will also double the production capacity in its Pasir Gudang site in Malaysia to support the rising demand for acrylics dispersions in ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand. The new line will be operational in Q2 2020.