BASF AG may add expanded polystyrene capacity this year by streamlining its plant in Mumbai, India, officials said at Plastindia in New Delhi.
The capacity is needed to handle growth in packaging, appliances, household goods, disposable cups and televisions, said Martin Truchsler, regional styrenics business unit director for BASF South East Asia Pte. Ltd. of Singapore. The company is a unit of chemical giant BASF AG of Ludwigshafen, Germany.
BASF has operated the Mumbai site since the mid-1970s. The location has annual EPS capacity of about 45 million pounds. BASF also operates a 175 million-pound-capacity solid PS plant in Dahej, India, that it acquired in its 2000 purchase of Pushpa Polymers Pvt. Ltd. That site makes general-purpose and high-impact grades.
In 2005, BASF added clear, crystal PS to its lineup.
ABS and other styrenic resins are imported to India from other BASF locations. The firm also recently opened a polyurethane blending plant in Mumbai to provide specialized materials for the automotive, appliance and footwear markets.
In styrenics, BASF saw double-digit growth in 2005 and expects to see high-single-digit growth in 2006.