BASF Catalysts Doubles Production Capacity; Opens Innovation Campus
Auto Components India|April 2017
BASF Catalysts Doubles Production Capacity; Opens Innovation Campus

BASF Catalysts India Private Limited has inaugurated its new mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing site.

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The site includes a new 47,000-square meter production plant, which replaces an existing BASF plant in Chennai and is the culmination of a 3-year expansion project, which has doubled the company’s catalyst manufacturing capacity in India.

World-class manufacturing lines are housed in the new plant, producing a full range of catalyst solutions, including light duty, heavy duty and motorcycle emissions catalysts to meet the growing market demand and customer technology needs. The site produces BASF EMPRO emission control solutions including the Three Way Catalyst (TWC), Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), Catalyzed Soot Filter (CSF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Catalyst.

“Around the Asia Pacific region, and especially here in India, mobility is ever more important. At the same time, more and more vehicles are being manufactured locally in India. To meet the demands of this growth, according to BASF’s Asia Pacific strategy and in support of Make in India and other government initiatives, we are expanding our local production network in the region,” said Sanjeev Gandhi, member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE responsible for Asia Pacific.

“With the expansion of our manufacturing capacity and capabilities in Chennai, BASF Catalysts is better positioned to respond to the increase in demand for advanced emissions control solutions in India. It will also help our customers meet increasingly stringent requirements such as the Indian government’s decision to advance from BS IV emissions norms to BS VI norms by 2020,” Dirk Demuth, Senior Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts, BASF, said. “Furthermore, the new site will produce advanced heavy duty emissions catalysts, which will allow us to better serve the fast-growing automotive markets in India,” he added.

BASF will also invest Euro 3 billion (₹21,000 crore) in the next 5 years in the Asia Pacific Region to build new capacities. “India will get a fair share of investment. The quantum of investment in India depends on how competitive are the plans submitted by the Indian arm,” said Gandhi. Over the past 4 years, BASF has invested around Euro 300 million in manufacturing and research and development activities in India.

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