Wyandotte, Michigan -- BASF announced 22 Feb that it is moving the manufacturing of its Offshore Subsea Insulation PU systems from Michigan to Houston, Texas.
The move brings BASF closer to its customers on the Gulf Coast for subsea insulation, reducing delivery times and, says BASF improving upon already "best-in-class technical service and customer responsiveness."
"Making a capital investment in the Gulf Coast customer base is a critical step toward implementing our strategy of sustainable customer success," said Jim Lausch, manufacturing director for BASF Polyurethane Solutions, in the company's announcement.
BASF's Polyurethane Systems and its innovative products, Elastoshore, Elastopor and Elasturan, are used in a variety of mercury-free solutions supplied to the offshore industry, including subsea thermal insulation, structural elastomers, pipe pigs and rigid foam.
The offshore business of BASF is taking take part at the Subsea Tieback Exposition, being held in San Antonio, Texas 22-24 Feb 2011.
PIC: One of the many offshore applications of polyurethanes from BASF - so-called vortex induced vibration (VIV) strakes. These helix-shaped sheaths envelope the pipelines rising from the seabed and dissipate strong horizontal current forces.