03 September 2012

BASF starts production of acrylic dispersions in Durban, South Africa

Durban, South Africa – 03 September 2012 – BASF has opened its first production plant for dispersions in South Africa located at Umbogintwini Industrial Complex in Durban. With this new production facility BASF will serve its customers in the fast growing South African and Sub-Saharan African coatings and construction industry with acrylic dispersions based on state-of-the-art technologies. 

South Africa is the largest market for dispersions in Sub-Saharan Africa. “With this new facility, we are well positioned to support our customers’ growth in South Africa and its neighboring countries providing BASF’s high quality, premium service and reliable supply” says Mr. Jacques Delmoitiez, President, responsible for BASF’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

With its portfolio of specialties, BASF helps customers move towards more environmentally friendly technologies such as reduced Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). This investment reflects BASF’s focus on participating in the strong growth markets in emerging Africa. “South Africa as an emerging market is very attractive for us. By investing into local production of our high-tech acrylic dispersions we can serve our customers in Sub Saharan Africa even more effectively and flexibly”, says Christoph Hansen, Senior Vice President Dispersions for Adhesives and Construction Europe. 

The BASF Group in South Africa supplies the local industries with a wide variety of products and solutions. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, coatings, dispersions, agricultural products to mining and construction chemicals and emission catalysts. The investment into the production plant for dispersions is part of BASF’s commitment to strengthen its presence in Africa and exploit the vast range of opportunities. 

BASF is the leading global supplier of raw materials for the coating and paint industry. The division Dispersions & Pigments combines all BASF offerings towards this industry. The portfolio encompasses pigments, resins, dispersions and a broad range of additives like light stabilizers and photo initiators. Further end-use industries include construction materials, adhesives, printing and packaging. Its portfolio is focused on environmentally friendly systems, such as low-VOC water-based coatings. 

The BASF Group has been active in Africa for about 90 years. The company has been exporting colorants and intermediates to Kenya from its headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany since the end of the 1920s. Today, the BASF Group has more than 1,000 employees in Africa (excluding the oil and gas business). 

BASF has been doing business in South Africa for over 45 years. Headquartered in Midrand, Johannesburg, the BASF Group in South Africa consists of six companies with major locations in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, including a world-class automotive emission catalysts production site in Port Elizabeth. 

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). 

Source: BASF