Plastic additive manufacturer BASF has extended its dispersion portfolio at its facility in Huizhou, South China.

The expansion will enhance the company’s production capacities in Shanghai which caters the East China region.

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This will not only allow the company to better cater the growing packaging markets in South China but also benefit the customers as lead-times decrease with increased proximity to material supply.

It will also see reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

BASF Asia Pacific business management, resins and additives vice-president Sylvain Huguenard said: “Moving closer to our growing customer base in South China is part of our corporate strategy.

“It will improve our flexibility to better and quicker serve our customers, also help our customers reduce logistic costs and increase productivity.

“Our customers in South China have appreciated the move and are working closely with us to qualify the products from the Huizhou plant.”

Established in 2010, BASF Huizhou site produces water-based polymers for various uses including architecture coatings, paper making, packaging, and water-proofing products for the construction industry.

The company started the first production of Joncryl in March this year.

BASF’s Dispersions & Pigments division specialises in high-quality pigments, resins, additives and polymer dispersions across the globe.

In April this year, BASF and digital technology solutions provider Security Matters entered into a binding joint development agreement to develop solutions to trace plastics from production to distribution and circularity.