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BASF to Expand its Production Network by Opening PU System House in Tianjin, China

Published on 2012-10-22. Author : SpecialChem

Tianjin, China -- BASF, one of the world's leading chemical company and the leading supplier of polyurethane (PU) system solutions worldwide, has opened a new polyurethane system house in Tianjin, China, which will further expand its global service and production network. The new facility will deliver customized polyurethane solutions to its customers, supported by local production, in-house sales, technical service and development teams.

Mr Shi Yang, Deputy Director, TEDA Administrative Commission (center), Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva, Senior Vice President of Polyurethanes, BASF Asia Pacific (left), and Dr. Zheng Daqing, Member of BASF Greater China Country Board (right) jointly inaugurate the new site in Tianjin China.

As BASF's first investment in Tianjin, this site is also the company's eleventh polyurethane system house in Asia Pacific and the third in Mainland China. It will join a comprehensive and unrivalled worldwide network which currently includes 38 system houses.

"This investment further signifies our commitment to this region and demonstrates our desire to be customers' preferred partner of choice," said Raimar Jahn, President of BASF's Polyurethanes division . "The world of polyurethane systems is highly service-orientated and depends heavily on the expertise and competence of its service providers. By further extending our geographic reach, customers in every part of the world are able to access the local technical support and service to help them address the industry challenges quickly."

"Tianjin is strategically located in the heart of the Northern China region where the PU market has been experiencing above average growth. We see significantly strong demand in emerging markets for sustainable solutions in the automotive and construction industries" added Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva, Senior Vice President of Polyurethanes, BASF Asia Pacific. "BASF supports industry growth by providing innovative polyurethane solutions which reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. Some examples include improved insulation for buildings and lightweight materials for the automotive industry."

The new system house develops and manufactures innovative polyurethane systems for a wide range of industries. The new facility occupies 3.4 hectares of land in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area (Hangu Modern Industrial Zone). Along with the current state-of-the-art system houses in Shanghai and Nansha, as well as a planned system house in Chongqing, BASF is well positioned to lead the polyurethane market. The system houses are also supported by BASF's world-class production sites for basic materials in Caojing, Shanghai and the upcoming facility in Chongqing.

About BASF Polyurethanes

BASF is one of the leading supplier of Polyurethane Solutions for systems, specialties and PU basic products. With its global network of 38 polyurethane system houses and its comprehensive product and service portfolio, BASF is the preferred partner of its customers in many industries. The BASF brand "Polyurethane Solutions" represents over 40 years of experience of the market and technology leadership for Polyurethane systems and specialty elastomers.

In the extremely service-oriented business of polyurethane systems and specialties, reliable PU experience and competence are crucial. Through its system house network, BASF provides fast local support, from technical service and sales to production and marketing during the development of customized solutions. With its world-scale plants, BASF secures its leading market position in the production of polyurethane basic products in all regions of the world.

Polyurethanes make life more comfortable, safer and more pleasant while helping to save energy sustainably. They contribute towards improved insulation of buildings and more attractive, lightweight design of cars. Producers of shoe soles, sports equipment, mattresses and household goods, use the unique advantages that polyurethanes provide, along with the knowledge and expertise of the polyurethane experts of BASF world-wide.

About BASF Greater China

BASF has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885. It is one of the biggest foreign investors in the Chinese chemical industry. BASF has about 6,980 employees in Greater China and posted sales of approximately €5.8 billion in 2010. The company operates 26 BASF wholly owned subsidiaries and 14 BASF joint ventures in Greater China.

About BASF

BASF is one of 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. Its products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year.

Source: BASF

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