Note: It came to light from a reply in the Parliament that some 92.4 metric tonnes of methyl monomer, a toxic compound used for making plastics, has been lying at the New Mangalore port because the importer, BASF has inadequate storage space in its factory premises. BASF dared the might of Government of India by refusing to remove its containers from the New Mangalore port by offering lame excuses. This act of BASF is the largest chemical company in the world which is headquartered in Germany whose “Methyl Monomer” containers are lying at New Mangalore port illustrates the true nature of ‘Responsible Care’. G K Vasan as Union Minister of Shipping informed the Parliament about it. BASF, the importer is the world’s largest producer of acrylic monomer. Is it convincing that such a company has “Inadequate storage space in the factory premises” as has been claimed by BASF India Limited?
ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA) had demanded investigation by a high powered EU agency. Pursuant to this demand Robert Donkers as Minister Counselor, Environment, Delegation of the European Union to India responded saying “I have forwarded your e-mail and your comments to my European Commission colleagues in Brussels who are in charge of ship dismantling issues and have asked them to comment”. TWA still awaits their reply and action in this regard. The current fate of the “Methyl Monomer” containers at the New Mangalore port is not known.
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BASF inaugurates Rs 1000 cr chemical complex in Dahej
South Asia's first MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) splitter will help make Gujarat a hub for value-adding industries
BS B2B Bureau | Dahej, Bharuch October 7, 2014
German chemicals major BASF India Limited inaugurated its large-scale chemical production complex at Dahej in Gujarat today. With a project cost of Rs 1,000 crore (approximately Euro 150 million), the site represents BASF’s single largest investment in India.
The site was jointly inaugurated by Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat; Saurabhbhai Patel, Minister for Finance, Energy and Petrochemicals, Government of Gujarat and Michael Heinz, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE.
The site includes an integrated hub for polyurethane manufacturing and production facilities for care chemicals and polymer dispersions. The care chemicals facility at the Dahej site hosts the first BASF sulfation plant in India, which will cater to customers in the fast-moving consumer goods sector.
The polymer dispersions plant will expand BASF’s production footprint in the dispersions business, complementing the Mangalore facility. It will serve paper and board, architectural coatings, construction, adhesives, and fibre bonding customers, located in northern and western India.
The integrated polyurethane manufacturing facility will host a MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) splitter for processing crude MDI, a core component in the manufacture of versatile polyurethane products. They are used extensively for cold as well as heat insulation applications and are the preferred material for improving safety in transportation, and enhancing energy efficiency and comfort at home.
Dr Raman Ramachandran, Chairman, BASF Companies in India & Head South Asia, said, “With this production hub, including the first MDI splitter in South Asia, we are well positioned to increase our long-term competitiveness significantly in this key market. We will serve our customers in the Asia Pacific region even better through stable product supply in terms of both quality and volume.”
The site will also produce Elastollan TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), Cellasto (microcellular polyurethane components) and polyurethane systems. The integrated hub will support the demand of industries in the appliances, footwear, automotive, construction, and furniture segment.
Heinz said, “As part of our investment plans of more than Euro 10 billion in Asia Pacific between 2013 and 2020, we want to strengthen our production platform in India. With our new Dahej site we are enhancing our position as supplier with local production and can even better ‘create chemistry’ with our customers. With our advanced technologies and the commitment of our team in India, we will both contribute to and benefit from India’s huge market potential.”
The site currently employs 200 people directly and 300 people indirectly. In the near future, the site will offer direct employment opportunity to 50 additional people.