Emulsion Polymers BASF to Expand its Production Capabilites for Emulsion Polymers
BASF announced plans to expand production capabilities at its Chattanooga plant to strengthen the company´s position as a supplier of emulsion polymers for the paper, paperboard and carpet industries in North America.
The plant, which currently produces styrene butadiene emulsion polymers, will incorporate swing capacity enabling the additional production of styrene acrylic emulsion polymers. Design and modification of existing equipment for the project is currently underway and the new capacity is expected to be fully operational in early 2014 .
“The investment at the Chattanooga site supports our growth strategy for the BASF Paper Chemicals division in North America and globally, and enhances our position as the leading chemical supplier to the paper and paperboard industry,” said Chuck Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Paper Chemicals, for BASF in North America.
The expansion strengthens BASF’s expanded network of flexible manufacturing locations supported by a backward integration of acrylic-based raw materials and monomers. “By adding acrylic capabilities to the Chattanooga plant, our customers will be able to strengthen both their supply and competitive positions”, said Derek Fairclough, Senior Vice President, Dispersions & Pigments, of BASF in North America. The company supports North American paper, paperboard and carpet customers with emulsion polymers from plants in Monaca in Pennsylvania, Chattanooga in Tennessee and Altamira in Mexico.
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