India: Construction Chemicals BASF to Cash in on Construction Boom in Asia with New Construction Chemicals Plant in India
A new concrete admixtures plant in India shall help chemicals giant BASF to profit from the rising demand for construction chemicals in the country. The new site is already the sixth of its kind in western India, company speakers explained.
Kharagpur, India – BASF inaugurated its new production plant for concrete admixtures in West Bengal, India. The new produces standard and custom-made performance-based construction chemicals, including concrete admixtures as well as chemical solutions for underground construction and mining. The site is supported by among others a well-equipped concrete lab that will deliver tailor-made recipes through formulation excellence.
The World Bank estimates that India’s urban population will grow from 331 million to 500 million by 2017, which is expected to drive the demand for affordable mass housing and durable infrastructure projects. “Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing markets globally and India is a strategic growth engine of this market. The Kharagpur plant will help us better serve the growing demand for durable and energy efficient construction materials, which will make the project Smart City a reality in India,” said Mr. Christian Mombaur, Senior Vice President, Construction Chemicals Asia Pacific, BASF.
“Fast and flexible solutions are essential for the construction industry. Our sixth construction chemicals plant in India enhances our flexibility to serve our customers with prompt supply and shorter lead times, especially in the eastern and the north-eastern parts of India. This plant complements the other BASF construction chemicals plants, located in Nalagarh in the North, Thane and Turbhe in the West and Mangalore and Nellore in the South, thereby strengthening our production and service footprint in India,” said Mr. Raman Ramachandran, Chairman and Managing Director, BASF India Limited and Head, BASF South Asia.
The production plant is strategically located in the Kharagpur area of the West Medinipur District of West Bengal. With close proximity to Kolkata, Orissa and Bihar, it is well connected to transportation networks, with access to national highway, rail and Haldia Port.