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BASF Starts Production of Acrylic Dispersions in Durban, South Africa


Supporting growing regional coating and construction industry

BASF has opened its first production plant for dispersions in South Africa, located at Umbogintwini Industrial Complex in Durban. With this new production facility BASF will serve its customers in the fast-growing South African and Sub-Saharan African coatings and construction industry with acrylic dispersions based on state-of-the-art technologies.

South Africa is the largest market for dispersions in Sub-Saharan Africa. “With this new facility, we are well positioned to support our customers’ growth in South Africa and its neighboring countries providing BASF’s high quality, premium service and reliable supply,” said Jacques Delmoitiez, president, responsible for BASF’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

With its portfolio of specialties, BASF helps customers move towards more environmentally friendly technologies such as reduced volatile organic compounds (VOC). This investment reflects BASF’s focus on participating in the strong growth markets in emerging Africa.

“South Africa as an emerging market is very attractive for us. By investing into local production of our high-tech acrylic dispersions we can serve our customers in Sub Saharan Africa even more effectively and flexibly,” said Christoph Hansen, senior vice president dispersions for adhesives and construction Europe.

BASF is the leading global supplier of raw materials for the coating and paint industry. The division Dispersions & Pigments combines all BASF offerings towards this industry. The portfolio encompasses pigments, resins, dispersions and a broad range of additives like light stabilizers and photo initiators. Further end-use industries include construction materials, adhesives, printing and packaging. Our portfolio is focused on environmentally friendly systems, such as low-VOC water-based coatings.