BASF to open new plant in China
First plants to produce engineering plastics and TPU
BASF officially launched its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, and commenced building its first plants. It marks a milestone of the company’s US$10 billion investment project announced in July 2018. The first plants will produce engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to serve the increasing needs of various growth industries in the southern China market and throughout Asia.
“We are pleased to see our mega-investment project in China is progressing,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF. “We are determined to support our customers in southern China drive growth with innovative products and sustainable solutions.”
“By utilising the latest digital technologies and applying the highest safety standards, the new Verbund site will be a role model for sustainable production contributing to the development of a circular economy in China,” added Brudermüller.
“Zhanjiang is a perfect location for BASF to further strengthen our footprint of local production in China,” said Dr. Stephan Kothrade, President Asia Pacific Functions, President and Chairman Greater China, BASF. “The smart Verbund site will form a solid foundation for a world-class industrial cluster in Zhanjiang and establish stronger business connections between South China and other Asian countries.”
By 2022, the new engineering plastics compounding plant will supply an additional capacity of 60,000 metric tons per year in China, bringing BASF’s total capacity of these products in Asia Pacific to 290,000 metric tons per year. The new capacity will enable BASF to meet the growing demand of its customers, particularly in the automotive, electronics and new energy vehicles (NEV) industries.