BASF broke ground for two new plants in Pudong, near Shanghai in China, which will manufacture polyacrylate polymers and specialty chemicals for leather tanning. The plants will provide customers in the growing Chinese market with a reliable supply of high-quality chemicals. The two facilities are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008. Investment details were not disclosed.
The polyacrylate polymers plant will have a minimum capacity of 30,000 t/a, while the plant for specialty chemicals for leather tanning will have a minimum annual capacity of 12,000 t of products in liquid or powder form. A spray dryer with a capacity of 10,000 t/a is part of the investment. The new plants will be located next to BASF’s existing facilities for polyacrylate polymers and leather chemicals in Pudong.