BASF expand emulsion polymers capacity in Chattanooga, US

BASF to expand emulsion polymers capacity in Chattanooga, US

5:49 AM, 20th November 2012
BASF to expand emulsion polymers capacity in Chattanooga, US

CHARLOTTE, US: BASF plans to expand production capabilities at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant to strengthen the company’s position as a supplier of emulsion polymers for the paper, paperboard and carpet industries in North America. The plant, which currently produces styrene butadiene emulsion polymers, will incorporate swing capacity enabling the additional production of styrene acrylic emulsion polymers.

Design and modification of existing equipment for the project is currently underway and the new capacity is expected to be fully operational in early 2014. The expansion of the Chattanooga site strengthens BASF’s expanded network of flexible manufacturing locations supported by a backward integration of acrylic-based raw materials and monomers.

“This investment highlights BASF’s focus on the carpet industry and our commitment to provide flexible, cost effective solutions for our customers. By adding acrylic capabilities to the Chattanooga plant, our customers will be able to strengthen both their supply and competitive positions,” said Derek Fairclough, Senior Vice President, Dispersions & Pigments, BASF North America.

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