€ 50 Million Investment BASF Breaks Ground on New R&D-Campus in Mumbai
BASF broke ground on a new Innovation Campus in Navi Mumbai, India. The company will invest approximately € 50 million via BASF Chemicals India, a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF. The facility will accommodate around 300 scientists investigating areas such as crop protection, process development and polymer research.
Mumbai/India, Ludwigshafen/Germany – The BASF Innovation Campus in Mumbai will host global research activities and regional and local development activities. Development activities will serve BASF’s Performance Chemicals, Care Chemicals, and Pigments & Dispersions businesses. By combining development activities with global research, the campus will foster exchange of know-how and ideas about latest technologies and methods, ensure access to state-of-the-art equipment, and create synergies.
“The BASF Innovation Camp will bring the best international scientists from India and other parts of the world together into the global BASF R&D Verbund. BASF’s global major research platforms, from beginning of 2015 namely Advanced Materials & Systems Research, Bioscience Research, and Process Research & Chemical Engineering, will be active in Mumbai,” said Harald Lauke, designated President of Advanced Materials & Systems Research.
The R&D-Campus will begin operation in 2017 and will include synthesis, application, process, and analytical laboratories. Along with scientific facilities, the 20,000 square meter site includes technical facilities, logistics areas, a full-scale auditorium and canteen, and employee amenities areas.
Second Major R&D Location of BASF in Asia
The new building will include multiple features designed to minimize energy use, including a secondary façade, a reflective roof, water chillers for air conditioning, and photovoltaic panels. Drinking water will be supplied through dispensers using a filter technology, eliminating the need for disposable bottles. The building will also maximize use of natural light through a glass-roofed atrium that directs daylight into the building core.
“Along with this important new investment in the BASF Innovation Campus, we are also establishing specialized research facilities in Asia Pacific in the areas of electronic materials, battery materials, catalysis, mining, water treatment, polymers and materials. Step by step, Asia Pacific thus becomes an integral part of our global innovation power”, said Martin Brudermüller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF, and responsible for the Asia Pacific region.
In 2020, BASF aims to generate € 30 billion of sales worldwide with products that have been introduced in the market since 2011. To achieve this ambitious goal, the company is further developing the research organization and bundling its competencies in three global platforms, with the headquarters of Advanced Materials & Systems Research based in the Asia Pacific region. The BASF Innovation Campus in Mumbai will be a key hub of BASF’s global research and development (R&D) network, and, next to Shanghai, BASF’s second major R&D location in Asia Pacific.