BASF in India Manufactures Polymers

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  BASF in India manufactures polymers, tanning agents, leather chemicals and auxiliaries, crop protection chemicals, textile chemicals, dispersions and specialty chemicals, performance plastics, automotive and coil coatings, construction chemicals, polystyrene and polyurethane systems. We also market a wide range of intermediates, catalysts and other chemicals for life sciences, chemical and allied industries in the country. BASF's regional strategy grow smartly has identified India as one of its major growth markets. In 2012, sales to customers in India crossed the €1.14 billion. BASF in India today has 9 production sites, 8 sales offices and 2 R&D centers employing over 2,157 employees..  As a part of our commitment to sustainable development, we work to achieve our business goals and fulfill our commitment to ecology and society as well. On the ecological front, BASF in India has a robust Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) policy that adheres to global standards. While on the social front, we focus on upliftment of women, fighting corruption, nurturing young minds and training future talent. Key Production Sites   Thane site  –  First production site of BASF in India The BASF site at Thane is involved in the production of plastics, performance chemicals, care chemicals, construction chemicals, as well as dispersions and pigments.The site also houses technical application centers for care chemicals, performance chemicals, engineering plastics compounding and polyurethanes. Mangalore site  –  The largest BASF site in South Asia BASF's Mangalore site is involved in the production of performance chemicals (leather and textile chemicals), dispersions and paper chemicals, automotive and coil coatings and construction chemicals. The Mangalore site is among the 153 BASF global production sites certified in accordance with ISO 14001. Ankleshwar site  –  Strengthening the BASF Paper Chemicals business  The  Ankleshwar site is engaged in the production of paper chemicals. It has two operational units located close to each other. The legacy Ciba site was acquired after the merger of Ciba India Limited and Diamond Dye-Chem Limited with BASF India Limited. The site is located in the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) and is stategically located in close proximity to various infrastructure facilities. Chennai plant  –  BASF Catalysts India Private Limited The Chennai plant produces automotive catalysts catering to several domestic and international auto players. With the growth of light duty vehicle production and the tightening of the emission norms, the plant is capable of meeting increased market demand for automotive catalysts. It underwent expansion in the last quarter of 2009 and has implemented enhancements in 2010 that allow the production of “zone coated catalysts” identical to those used in USA, Germany and China. Dahej - A promising future for BASF India In April 2012, BASF announced its single largest investment of Rs. 1,000 crores in Dahej, Gujarat to set up an integrated manufacturing facility for the production of polyurethanes, care chemicals and polymer dispersions. The investment will enable BASF ensure local supplies for growing markets and industries such as appliances, footwear, automotive, construction, adhesives, architectural coatings, paper and personal care. Start of production is planned in 2014.  April 2012: Investment in Dahej BASF India announced its plans to set up an integrated production plant at Dahej. The site, to be operational in 2014, will be an integrated hub for polyurethane manufacturing and will also house production facilities for care chemicals and polymer dispersions for coatings and paper. September 2012: EPS and Styropor production ceased The Board of Directors decided to shut down the Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) business including the Styropor production plant at Thane, as part of BASF’s global strategy, s ubject to requisite approval(s).  POLYURETHANE Polyurethane is a resilient, flexible and durable manufactured material that can take the place of paint, cotton, rubber, metal or wood in thousands of applications across virtually all fields. It can be hard like fiberglass, squishy like upholstery foam, protective like varnish, bouncy like rubber or   sticky like glue. Since its invention during the 1940s, polyurethane has been used in a wide range of items, from baby toys to airplane wings, and it continues to be adapted for contemporary technology. How it is Made This substance is categorized as a polymer   —  a molecule that consists of a series of repeating smaller units called monomers —  based on its chemical structure. It is manufactured by combining two types of compounds, a diisocyanate and a diol, which are monomers, through a chemical reaction. This makes a basic material whose variations can be stretched, smashed or scratched and will remain fairly indestructible. Depending on the different diisocyanates and diol or polyol constituents, the resulting polyurethane might be in the form of a liquid, foam or solid. Each form has its own advantages and limitations. Elastomers Some polyurethane is categorized as an elastomer . It has elastic properties while maintaining some rigidity, which is beneficial for items such as the wheels of a dolly, which must absorb shock without compressing too much. Polyurethane can be extremely flexible when used as a foam insulator  in construction or a foam cushion in upholstery. It can be deformed over and over and still maintain its srcinal shape. In other words, it has what is called structural memory. Thermoplastics Other polyurethane is a thermoplastic that resembles other kinds of plastic, metal or fiberglass.   Thermoplastics are rigid and smooth, with a sealed surface that is impermeable to water. These are used when strength and durability are important, such as in seats at an airport terminal or packaging crates on a truck. Some polymer thermoplastics are difficult to recycle, but they can be reused. Many Other Uses Polyurethane can be found in every room of the house and in practically every building. Since this material became popular during World War II, the polymer has protected, reinvented, joined or transported countless items. It seals surfaces such as wood, metal and paint to protect them from rot, corrosion or fading. As an adhesive, polyurethane resists moisture and heat, so it is ideal for use in the sun or underwater. It also insulates walls, temperature-controlled vehicles and consumer coolers.
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