BASF on Monday announced plans to expand production capabilities at its Chattanooga plant to strengthen the company’s position as a supplier of emulsion polymers for the paper, paperboard and carpet industries in North America.
The plant, which currently produces styrene butadiene (SB) emulsion polymers, will incorporate swing capacity enabling the production of styrene acrylic (SA) emulsion polymers. Design and modification of existing equipment for the project is currently underway and the new capacity is expected to be fully operational in early 2014.
“The investment at the Chattanooga site supports our growth strategy for the BASF Paper Chemicals division in North America and globally, and enhances our position as the leading chemical supplier to the paper and paperboard industry,” said Chuck Schmidt, senior vice president of paper chemicals, for BASF in North America. “This also demonstrates our commitment to support our customers in these industries.”
The expansion of the Chattanooga site strengthens BASF’s expanded network of flexible manufacturing locations supported by a backward integration of acrylic-based raw materials and monomers.
“This investment highlights BASF’s focus on the carpet industry and our commitment to provide flexible, cost-effective solutions for our customers,” said Derek Fairclough, senior vice president, dispersions and igments, for BASF in North America. “By adding acrylic capabilities to the Chattanooga plant, our customers will be able to strengthen both their supply and competitive positions.”
BASF supports North American paper, paperboard and carpet customers with emulsion polymers from plants in Monaca, Pa.; Chattanooga; and Altamira, Mexico.