BASF Cat­a­lysts dou­bles pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity; opens in­no­va­tion cam­pus

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BASF Cat­a­lysts In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited has in­au­gu­rated its new mo­bile emis­sions cat­a­lysts man­u­fac­tur­ing site. The site in­cludes a new 47,000-squareme­ter pro­duc­tion plant, which re­places an ex­ist­ing BASF plant in Chen­nai and is the cul­mi­na­tion of a 3-year ex­pan­sion pro­ject, which has dou­bled the com­pany’s cat­a­lyst man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity in In­dia.

World-class man­u­fac­tur­ing lines are housed in the new plant, pro­duc­ing a full range of cat­a­lyst so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing light duty, heavy duty and mo­tor­cy­cle emis­sions cat­a­lysts to meet the grow­ing mar­ket de­mand and cus­tomer tech­nol­ogy needs. The site pro­duces BASF EMPRO emis­sions con­trol so­lu­tions in­clud­ing the Three­Way Cat­a­lyst (TWC), Diesel Ox­i­da­tion Cat­a­lyst (DOC), Cat­alyzed Soot Fil­ter (CSF) and Selec­tive Cat­alytic Re­duc­tion (SCR) Cat­a­lyst.

“Around the Asia Pa­cific re­gion, and es­pe­cially here in In­dia, mo­bil­ity is ever more im­por­tant. At the same time, more and more ve­hi­cles are be­ing man­u­fac­tured lo­cally in In­dia. To meet the de­mands of this growth, ac­cord­ing to BASF’s Asia Pa­cific strat­egy and in sup­port of Make in In­dia and other govern­ment ini­tia­tives, we are ex­pand­ing our lo­cal pro­duc­tion net­work in the re­gion,” said San­jeev Gandhi, mem­ber of the Board of Ex­ec­u­tive Directors, BASF SE re­spon­si­ble for Asia Pa­cific.

“With the ex­pan­sion of our man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­i­ties in Chen­nai, BASF Cat­a­lysts is bet­ter po­si­tioned to re­spond to the in­crease in de­mand for ad­vanced emis­sions con­trol so­lu­tions in In­dia. It will also help our cus­tomers meet in­creas­ingly strin­gent re­quire­ments such as the In­dian govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ad­vance from BS IV emis­sions norms to BS VI norms by 2020,” Dirk De­muth, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Mo­bile Emis­sions Cat­a­lysts, BASF, said. “Fur­ther­more, the new site will pro­duce ad­vanced heavy duty emis­sions cat­a­lysts, which will al­low us to bet­ter serve the fast-grow­ing au­to­mo­tive mar­kets in In­dia,” he added.

BASF will also invest Euro 3 bil­lion (`21,000 crore) in the next 5 years in the Asia Pa­cific Re­gion to build new ca­pac­i­ties. “In­dia will get a fair share of in­vest­ment. The quan­tum of in­vest­ment in In­dia de­pends on how com­pet­i­tive are the plans sub­mit­ted by the In­dian arm,” said Gandhi. Over the past 4 years, BASF has in­vested around Euro 300 mil­lion in man­u­fac­tur­ing and re­search and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia. “With ini­tia­tives like Make in In­dia, Smart Ci­ties, and Swachh Bharat, In­dia is in the fore­front of rapid and sustainable de­vel­op­ment. This of­fers sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for the chem­i­cal in­dus­try as well as BASF. We are in­vest­ing ac­tively in In­dia to re­alise th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties. The ex­pan­sion of our mo­bile emis­sions cat­a­lysts plant in Chen­nai is an­other ex­am­ple of our con­tin­ued fo­cus on in­vest­ing in as­sets for growth,” Ra­man Ra­machan­dran, Head of BASF op­er­a­tions in South Asia, said. “Through its lo­cal sub­sidiaries BASF In­dia Lim­ited, BASF Chem­i­cals In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited and BASF Cat­a­lysts In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited, the BASF Group has in­vested ap­prox­i­mately €300 mil­lion, over the past 4 years, in man­u­fac­tur­ing and Re­search and De­vel­op­ment,” he added.

In­no­va­tion Cam­pus

The group has also in­au­gu­rated its new In­no­va­tion Cam­pus Asia Pa­cific, lo­cated in Mum­bai, In­dia. The pro­ject will in­volve a to­tal ex­pected in­vest­ment of up to €50 mil­lion from BASF Group, and marks the Group’s

largest re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) in­vest­ment in South Asia. All global re­search op­er­a­tions at BASF In­no­va­tion Cam­pus Asia Pa­cific (Mum­bai) will be housed un­der BASF Chem­i­cals In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited, a 100% sub­sidiary of BASF SE. The new in­no­va­tion cam­pus will ex­pand the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing R&D ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia to in­clude global and re­gional re­search on a wide range of spe­cialty chem­i­cals. Topics will cover per­sonal and home care, process de­vel­op­ment, or­ganic syn­the­sis, crop pro­tec­tion and many more.

“A grow­ing need for en­ergy, food and clean wa­ter, lim­ited re­sources, and a ris­ing world pop­u­la­tion pose huge chal­lenges. Innovations based on chem­istry will en­able new so­lu­tions,” Martin Bru­d­er­mueller, Vice Chair­man of the Board of Ex­ec­u­tive Directors, BASF SE and Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer, said. “As a con­se­quence, BASF is ex­pand­ing its re­search and de­vel­op­ment net­work, es­pe­cially to emerg­ing mar­kets in Asia, as we want to drive in­no­va­tion ad­dress­ing cus­tomer and mar­ket needs at an early stage. Mum­bai will be an­other pow­er­ful re­gional in­no­va­tion hub for BASF, with prox­im­ity to the dy­nam­i­cally grow­ing In­dian mar­ket.”

The In­no­va­tion Cam­pus sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pands BASF’s re­search ca­pac­i­ties in In­dia, which were es­tab­lished in 2005 and ex­panded in 2014 to cover agri­cul­tural re­search, or­ganic syn­the­sis, molec­u­lar mod­el­ling and ad­vanced process re­search. The new In­no­va­tion Cam­pus in­cludes state-of-the-art lab­o­ra­to­ries for chem­i­cal syn­the­sis, ap­pli­ca­tion and process de­vel­op­ment, as well as an­a­lyt­ics.

It brings all new and ex­ist­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties by BASF in Mum­bai un­der one roof. Com­bined with the broad range of cur­rent de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, In­no­va­tion Cam­pus Asia Pa­cific (Mum­bai) will en­able global know-how ex­change and fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion with cus­tomers, in­dus­trial and aca­demic part­ners. The cam­pus can ac­com­mo­date up to 300 sci­en­tists and will bring to­gether top sci­en­tists from In­dia and other parts of the world.

“We see the de­mand for in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions in many in­dus­tries in In­dia, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive as well as food and nutri­tion. More­over, In­dia is now home to a wide range of high cal­iber sci­en­tists and ex­cel­lent do­mes­tic re­search ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” San­jeev Gandhi, Mem­ber of the Board of Ex­ec­u­tive Directors, BASF SE, re­spon­si­ble for Asia Pa­cific, said.

BASF has ex­panded its pres­ence in In­dia dur­ing the past sev­eral years, both in terms of lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing as well as in pro­vid­ing tai­lored so­lu­tions for the chal­lenges of mo­bil­ity, hous­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and hy­giene. Through its lo­cal sub­sidiaries, namely BASF In­dia Lim­ited, BASF Chem­i­cals In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited and BASF Cat­a­lysts In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited, BASF Group has in­vested ac­tively in In­dia to re­al­ize th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties, with ap­prox­i­mately €300 mil­lion in­vest­ment over the past 4 years in man­u­fac­tur­ing and R&D.

The ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 squareme­ter cam­pus is a col­lab­o­ra­tive space hous­ing sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal lab­o­ra­to­ries, mod­ern of­fices, a full-scale au­di­to­rium, cafe­te­ria and em­ployee ameni­ties. The build­ing fea­tures a sec­ondary façade to min­i­mize over­heat­ing from di­rect sun­light, en­ergy ef­fi­cient LED lights, rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, a re­flec­tive roof with pho­to­voltaic pan­els and a wind­mill to gen­er­ate re­new­able en­ergy.

Over 50% of the light­ing in the build­ing will be gen­er­ated from re­new­able sources, sup­ported by many in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions from BASF. It is de­signed to meet the sil­ver stan­dards of LEED (Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign), the world’s most widely used third-party ver­i­fi­ca­tion for green build­ings.

In 2016, BASF Group’s re­search pipe­line en­com­passed around 3,000 projects, and spend­ing on re­search and de­vel­op­ment was €1.863 bil­lion. Around 10,000 em­ploy­ees work in re­search and de­vel­op­ment world­wide. Glob­ally, BASF main­tains a col­lab­o­ra­tion net­work of around 600 ex­cel­lent uni­ver­si­ties, re­search in­sti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies around the world.

One of BASF’s 3 cen­tral tech­nol­ogy plat­forms, Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als & Sys­tems Re­search, has been head­quar­tered at the In­no­va­tion Cam­pus Asia Pa­cific (Shang­hai) since Jan­uary 2016, headed by Har­ald Lauke, Pres­i­dent of the tech­nol­ogy plat­form and Re­gional Re­search Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Asia Pa­cific. The other 2 tech­nol­ogy plat­forms, Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing & Process Re­search and Bio­science Re­search, are re­spec­tively head­quar­tered in Europe and North Amer­ica. In­no­va­tion Cam­pus Asia Pa­cific (Mum­bai) will house re­search ac­tiv­i­ties from all th­ese plat­forms.

Through its lo­cal sub­sidiary, BASF In­dia Lim­ited, BASF Group has also been op­er­at­ing an Agri­cul­tural Re­search Sta­tion in Pune since 2015, and an R&D Cen­ter in Man­ga­lore since 2014, fo­cus­ing on of­fer­ing tech­ni­cal and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment sup­port to lo­cal and global au­to­mo­tive coat­ings cus­tomers. Th­ese R&D fa­cil­i­ties form a strong net­work to drive and sup­port both re­gional and global in­no­va­tion projects.

BASF Chen­nai plant in Mahin­dra World City

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