BASF to Build New Plant in Freeport, Texas to Manufacture

BASF to Build New Plant in Freeport, Texas to Manufacture Emulsion
Polymers 
CHARLOTTE, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 11/12/12 --  BASF today announced
its plans to build a new production plant for emulsion polymers at
its integrated "Verbund" site in Freeport, Texas. The new plant will
allow BASF to better serve the coatings, construction, adhesives, and
paper industries by expanding the network of manufacturing locations
and improve the backward integration of raw materials used in
production.  
The new plant, which is expected to begin production in mid-2014,
will create approximately 25 new jobs at the Freeport site.  
"The new plant strengthens our position as a leading supplier of
emulsions in North America and demonstrates our commitment to
customers in the coatings, construction, adhesives and paper
industries," said Derek Fairclough, Senior Vice President,
Dispersions & Pigments, for BASF in North America. "This investment
further supports our business growth strategy, especially in
architectural coatings, where we are targeting significant growth
with our range of innovative products and solutions." 
The plant will manufacture acrylic emulsion polymers used for
architectural coatings, construction chemicals, adhesives, and the
paper chemicals industry. 
"This investment demonstrates BASF's commitment to the regional
market demand by paper and board manufacturers for these materials
and supports our global strategy to be the preferred supplier of
polymer emulsions for the coated paper and board markets," said Chuck
Schmidt, Senior Vice President, Paper Chemicals, for BASF in North
America. 
BASF currently operates three emulsion polymer plants in North
America in Monaca, Pennsylvania; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and
Altamira, Mexico. Building a plant in Texas broadens the supply
network to better serve all BASF customers from a manufacturing
location in the central-southern United States. In addition to this
investment, BASF is building new manufacturing facilities for
emulsion polymers in India and the company also opened new plants in
South Africa in September 2012 and in China in November 2012. 
The Verbund concept is one of BASF's greatest strengths, linking
production and energy requirements in an efficient manner. BASF's
Freeport, Texas production site incorporates the Verbund concept and
allows BASF to maximize the production efficiencies of acrylic
dispersions while helping to protect the environment and surrounding
communities by reducing waste, cutting emissions, and keeping
resource consumption and transportation to a minimum. 
To learn more about BASF's Dispersions & Pigments business, please
visit: www.basf.us/dpsolutions.  
To learn more about BASF's Paper Chemicals business, please visit:
www.basf.com/paper.  
BASF - The Chemical Company
 BASF Corporation, headquartered in
Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE,
Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North
America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. For more information
about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us. 
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company.
Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products
and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic
success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through
science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all
industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our
products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources,
ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the
quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate
purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted
sales of about EUR 73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000
employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is
available on the Internet at www.basf.com. 
For more information contact: 
Dispersions & Pigments:
Beth Earnst
BASF Corporation
Tel: (704) 587-2597 
Mobile: (336) 210-0329
E-mail: beth.earnst@basf.com  
Paper Chemicals:
Joy Bryant
BASF Corporation
Tel: (704) 587-8212
Mobile: (513) 324-3335
E-mail: joy.bryant@basf.com 
Freeport, TX site:
Cindy Suggs
BASF Corporation
Tel: (979) 415-6273
Mobile: (979) 230-8609
E-mail: cindy.suggs@basf.com  
 
 
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