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BASF to build dispersions plant in Huizhou

By Gerald Ondrey |

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) will invest in a dispersions plant in Daya Bay Petrochemical Industrial Park in Huizhou, China. With an annual capacity of 100,000 tons, the new plant will produce XSB dispersions for the paper industry and acrylic dispersions for industries such as coatings, construction, printing & packaging and adhesives. The facility will benefit from local availability of raw materials and proximity to key customers who serve Asia’s fastest-growing consumer markets. Production is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2012, subject to government approval. The investment is part of BASF’s growth strategy for Asia Pacific, which has the goal of doubling sales by 2020. “This is an important step for BASF in Asia, following the establishment of our Paper Chemicals division in 2009. The investment strengthens BASF’s commitment to the paper and board industry, with South China offering one of the fastest-growing markets in the region. With this facility, we are well positioned to support our customers’ aspirations for growth and success in the South,” says EngSoo Chew, senior vice president, Paper Chemicals Asia Pacific. “With our upstream monomer integration…
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