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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

Mangalore site is
involved in the
production of
(leather and
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

site is engaged
in the
production of
chemicals. It
has two
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
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 BASFs global strategy, subject to requisite approval(s).


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.

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 original shape. In other words, it has what is called structural memory.
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.