BASF is strengthening its manufacturing footprint in Asia Pacific with a new, world-scale chemical catalysts production facility at the company’s existing site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing, Shanghai, China.
The plant – BASF’s first process catalysts manufacturing facility in Asia Pacific – will produce base metal catalysts, custom catalysts, and adsorbents to meet growing Chinese and Asian market demand. These catalysts are used in the production of fatty alcohols, sulphuric acid and butanediol and for the removal of impurities from olefins. Construction of the new plant begins this month, with the launch of manufacturing activities planned for the fourth quarter of 2016. Once operating at full capacity, the plant will create 75 new jobs in Shanghai.
“The plant we are building in Caojing will provide a strong regional manufacturing base for our business and greatly improved proximity to our customers in Asia Pacific, which is the fastest growing region for our base metal and custom catalysts solutions", said Dr Detlef Ruff, BASF senior vice president, Process Catalysts & Technologies. “This plant will be highly automated and energy efficient, offering room for additional expansion as well as flexibility to adapt to new customer production requirements in the years to follow.”