Thursday, December 18, 2014 · 10:58 p.m.

BASF to invest in Chattanooga plant

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BASF, a company that supplies emulsion polymers for the paper, paperboard and carpet industries, announced plans to expand production capabilities at their Chattanooga-based plant on Monday.

The plant, which currently produces styrene butadiene emulsion polymers, will incorporate swing capacity, enabling the production of styrene acrylic emulsion polymers.

Existing equipment is already being modified, and the new capacity is expected to be fully operational by 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,” Chuck Schmidt, senior vice president of paper chemicals for BASF in North America, said in a prepared statement. “This also demonstrates our commitment to support our customers in these industries.”

Officials said that 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,” Derek Fairclough, senior vice president, dispersions and pigments, for BASF in North America, said in a prepared statement. “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 and also has plants in Monaca, Pa., and Altamira, Mexico. 

To learn more about BASF’s dispersions and pigments business, click here.

To learn more about BASF’s paper chemicals business, click here.

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