An official groundbreaking marked the start of one of BASF's major projects: The company builds a new, world-scale chemical catalysts production facility at itss existing site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, China.
Shanghai/PR China – The new 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, sulfuric acid and butanediol and for the removal of impurities from olefins.
“Today’s groundbreaking event is a significant milestone in our effort to strengthen our manufacturing footprint in Asia Pacific and improve our proximity to customers in the fastest growing region for our base metal and custom catalysts solutions,” said Detlef Ruff, BASF’s Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts. “This new facility will be integrated into our global chemical catalysts manufacturing infrastructure allowing us to support strong regional demand growthwhile increasing our manufacturing capacity and overall production efficiencies.”
The launch of manufacturing activities at the Caojing plant is planned for the fourth quarter of 2016. The Caojing plant is designed in a highly automated and energy efficient manner, offering the opportunity for future expansion and the flexibility to adapt to new customer production requirements in the years ahead.