Mangalore, India – October 8, 2012 – BASF will launch a
production line for precious metal-based fine chemical catalysts at
the company’s manufacturing site in Mangalore, India. These
catalysts are important for the efficient production of active
Start-up of the new production line is slated for the second quarter
of 2013. This will mark BASF’s first manufacturing operation for
chemical catalysts in Asia Pacific.
“BASF is an industry leader in developing cutting-edge catalysts
and technologies for pharmaceutical and fine chemical
applications,” said Dr. Hans-Peter Neumann, Senior Vice President,
Process Catalysts and Technologies at BASF’s Catalysts division.
“This expansion will allow us to cost effectively increase our
manufacturing footprint and production capacity, leveraging an
existing BASF facility to enhance our proximity to customers in the
Asia Pacific region.”
“India is a significant growth market for the pharmaceutical industry.
As population expands, the need for new and cost-effective life-
saving drugs is also on a rise. BASF has a wide range of products
and solutions which find application in the pharmaceutical industry.
By introducing a new production line for precious metal-based fine chemical catalysts in India, we will expand our offerings to meet the needs of local pharmaceutical producers,” said Mr. Prasad Chandran,
Chairman, BASF Companies in India & Head South Asia.
The Mangalore site is BASF’s largest manufacturing site in India and in
South Asia. Operational since 1996, it is currently engaged in the
production of performance chemicals, dispersions and paper chemicals,
automotive coatings, coil coatings and construction chemicals. BASF
currently produces precious metal slurry catalysts at its operating sites
in Rome, Italy, and Seneca, South Carolina.
Catalysts play a key role in the production of active pharmaceutical
ingredients, agrochemicals, flavors and fragrances and nutrition
components. Optimum catalyst selection and operation ensures the
highest process yields and efficiencies.
About BASF’s Catalysts Division
BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process
catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies
that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure
efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products,
including advanced battery materials. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D
platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals,
BASF’s Catalysts division develops unique, proprietary solutions that drive customer
success. Further information on BASF’s Catalysts division is available on the Internet
BASF – The Chemical Company
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio
ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products
to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental
protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all
industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system
solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and
helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our
corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales
of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of
the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.