Mumbai, India - BASF has opened a new Construction Technology Center in Mumbai, India, to strengthen its customer-contacts and develop and offer innovative products to construction customers in South Asia.
The Center will support development and testing of new uses for BASF products such as concrete admixtures, cement additives, waterproofing, flooring systems, precision grouts, concrete repair and protection products.
"The investment in the Mumbai technical centre is part of our global strategy to focus on innovation and sustainability," said Dr Thomas Kloster, vice president, BASF Construction Chemicals Asia Pacific, at the opening ceremony. The centre will support development with customers, helping enterprises in the region "to embrace world-class, cutting-edge technologies," he added.
"The need for improvement in infrastructure, urbanisation and industrialisation will drive future growth of the construction industry in India, said Prasad Chandran, chairman, BASF Companies in India & Head South Asia. The centre will serve the increasing needs of customers in South Asia by ensuring better collaboration, he added.
The centre is close to BASF's manufacturing facility in Navi Mumbai, and includes a 5000 sq.ft (465 sq.m) state-of-the-art laboratory, housing a concrete rheometer, a high-capacity compression testing machine, equipment to measure the durability of concrete and a micro calorimeter to develop new cement additives.
The site also has a training centre, where BASF will teach contractors and applicators about the applicability and testing of new products.