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BASF expands capacity of Polymer Dispersion Plant in Indonesia

Published on 2002-10-07. Author : SpecialChem


BASF is to increase the capacity of its polymer dispersion plant located in Cengkareng, Indonesia, from the current annual 50,000 metric tons to 95,000 metric tons. Design and engineering work has already commenced and completion is slated for early 2004. The total investment cost is estimated at about USD $10 million.

BASF Indonesia currently produces both acrylic and carboxylated styrene butadiene dispersions in Cengkareng and the new capacity will allow for increased production of both polymer types. Polymer dispersions are the largest locally produced product line for BASF Indonesia and are widely used in the paper, paint, textile, adhesives and construction industries.

Expanding the polymer dispersion plant at Cengkareng is meant to maintain BASF�s presence in Indonesia. The investment is also part of BASF�s strategic plan to steadily consolidate and strengthen the foundation of its Asian operations.

Part of BASF's Functional Polymers division, which in 2001 achieved global sales of EUR 2.5 billion, dispersions are also produced in several other Asia Pacific countries such as China, Japan, India, Australia and the Philippines. The region accounted for 16% of the divisions sales in 2001.

BASF is the world�s leading chemical company. It aims to increase and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation. BASF offers its customers a range of high-performance products, including chemicals, plastics, coatings systems, dispersions, agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. BASF�s distinctive approach to integration, known in German as �Verbund,� is its strength. It enables the company to achieve cost leadership and gives it a decisive competitive advantage in the long term. BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Development. In 2001, BASF had sales of EUR 32.5 billion (circa $29 billion) and over 90,000 employees worldwide. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (BAS).

Source: BASF Group

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