BASF Corp. is continuing its engineering plastics growth by moving a compounding line from Chesterfield, Va., to Altamíra, Mexico.
The line, acquired from Honeywell Inc. in 2003, is scheduled to restart production in the second quarter. It will make compounds based on nylon 6, nylon 6/6 and polybutylene terephthalate.
``The compounding operations at Altamíra will help us to serve our customers in Mexican and U.S.-Mexican border markets more effectively and efficiently,'' North American engineering plastics manufacturing director Greg Masica said in a news release.
The change will not affect capacity at BASF's compounding plants in Wyandotte, Mich., and Sparta, Tenn., although BASF's product mix will change somewhat. Some compounds made in Wyandotte and Sparta now will be made in Altamíra, officials said. Available capacity in Wyandotte and Sparta will switch to compounds recently acquired from Lati USA Inc.
Florham Park-based BASF also has acquired engineering resin businesses from Honeywell and Ticona since 2003. The line being moved to Altamíra had been at a Honeywell site in Chesterfield. BASF had continued to operate it there since the acquisition.
BASF Corp. is the North American arm of chemical giant BASF AG of Ludwigshafen, Germany.