Dahej, India -- BASF has inaugurated its €150m ($190m) chemical production complex at Dahej in Gujarat, India and inaugurated an MDI splitter on the site.
Michael Heinz, member of the board of executive directors BASF SE, said the site represents BASF's biggest single investment in India.
“We want to strengthen our production platform in India,” he said.
The integrated polyurethane manufacturing facility will host a MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) splitter for processing crude MDI, a core component in the manufacture of versatile polyurethane products. They are used extensively for cold as well as heat insulation applications and are the preferred material for improving safety in transportation, and enhancing energy efficiency and comfort at home.
The site includes an integrated hub for polyurethane manufacturing and production facilities for care chemicals and polymer dispersions. The also site hosts India’s first BASF sulfation plant, which will cater to customers in the consumer goods sector.
The polymer dispersions plant will expand BASF’s production footprint in the dispersions business, complementing the Mangalore facility. It will serve paper and board, architectural coatings, construction, adhesives, and fibre bonding customers, located in northern and western India.
The site will also produce Elastollan TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), Cellasto (microcellular polyurethane components) and polyurethane systems.